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Small child, bitten by a dog, redness, no bleeding, high fever, swelling. Fever due to bite?

Hello, my brother s dog bit my 15month son today. It didn t break skin, no bleeding but I did notice it was red immediately after and you could see a tooth mark. Within the past couple hours, my son has developed a high fever and the spot on his hand where you could see the tooth bite before, is now a slightly raised red spot. Could his fever be related to the bite?
Asked On : Mon, 4 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Thank you for your query.

The fever cannot be because of the bite as the skin has not been punctured. There must be some other reason for the fever which needs to be found out.

The red spot at the site of the bite is the normal reaction of the body to the sharp pressure inflicted on the site. This shall subside over the next few days and you need not do anything for it.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your son an early recovery.


Answered: Tue, 5 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
High grade fever within 2 hours is unrelated to bite,it could be an incidental finding.
But most important thing is get your child vaccinated again rabies as early as possible as per schedule that is day 0,3,7,14,28.
Wash the area with plenty of water and soap.
Give acetaminophen for fever and get him evaluated by pediatrician for proper evaluation.

Wishing your child good health,
God bless.
Answered: Tue, 5 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. E Venkata Ramana's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
Your son fever could be due to a infection caused by the dog bite with the pathogens present in dog oral cavity and this infection to be treated with antibiotics like oral amoxicillin and with a antipyretic like paracetamol.
Wash the area of the bite with soap and under running water and check for his immunization status for Tetanus and if it is not appropriate Tetanus toxoid injection should be taken.
The most important thing is to take the post exposure prophylaxis against the rabies by taking anti rabies vaccination according to the schedule on 0, 3, 7, 14, and 28 days.
So consult your Pediatrician immediately for the appropriate advise and for the appropriate management of the dog bite.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Tue, 5 Feb 2013
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