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Have swollen finger. Had a dog bite. Cleaned using peroxide and warm salt water. Visting doc is required?

My dog, about an hour ago bit thru my fingernail and then thru my entire finger..the bleeding has stopped but is now very swollen and a purple/red color and throbbing. I have cleaned the area with peroxide and soaking it in warm salt water. Any suggestions? Should I see a doctor tonight? Or wait until morning...I really don't want to go to the ER and get sick from a virus :) thank you
Asked On : Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Infectious Diseases Specialist 's  Response
Hi Erika,

First of all, a dog bite is not be taken so lightly. Has your dog had all its vaccinations on time? When a dog bite occurs, the first thing to do is clean the wound thoroughly with soap and running water. Do not get sutures on that wound. Do not bandage it unless it is necessary. Consult your doctor for your tetanus injection and vaccination for your bite. It is always better not to delay the consultation.
A qualified proffessional will be able to help you with good care and prevent complications.
Rabies is a dreadful disease and do not delay consulting your nearby doctor.
Also observe your dog for 10 days, if any rabid changes observed.
Many vaccines are available now. Your doctor can help you choose.
Answered: Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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