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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi doctor
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you?
Doctor :  
please proceed with your health query
User :   yesteday night a rat bite on leg of my daughter (aged 9years)
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User :  
can i got help in this regards
Doctor :  
sure, i will help you out
Doctor :  
where is the bite?
Doctor :  
have you washed it with running water and soap?
User :   whether rats have rebees
Doctor :  
was there bleeding? if yes, has it been controled?
Doctor :   they can be rabid, we cannot say
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how long back did this happen?
User :   I am at distance from her let me inquire from her
Doctor :   ok

Doctor :  
tell her to control the bleeding, wash with running water and soap.
Doctor :  
in case the bite is big, she might need stitches.
Doctor :  
she needs a Tetanus shot straightaway.
User :   it was bleeding but stopped
Doctor :  
keep the area clean
User :   it was bitten on hand-finger
Doctor :  
Rabies transmission from rodents to humans is extremely rare. But we should keep a watch
User :   and she put a cold cream on it
Doctor :  
get her a tetanus shot now
User :  
she is going to doctor with her mother
User :  
what should be discuss with doctor
Doctor :  
and she might need antibiotics for treatment of any infection
Doctor :  
tell the doctor what has happened
Doctor :  
he will give a tetanus shot prescription and some antibiotics
Doctor :  
start the antibiotics as early as possible
Doctor :  
keep the area clean and follow aseptic precautions
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   thank you doctor, i will come again after she returns from clinic
Doctor :   sure
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