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Date : 11-Apr-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Practicing since : 2002
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Doctor:How can I help?
User:I met with a small accident today on the road , got some scratch . Have taken tetanus injection . I've applied boroline to the wound , do i need to take antibiotics ?
Doctor:It depends on the severity of wound
Doctor:Did it bleed?
User:It bleed , doesn't seem that severe though .
Doctor:Did it contain any material like stones, pebbles, cloth piece, dirt etc?
User:its just red for now
User:yep , dirt
User:i think sand gravels and dirt
Doctor:Did you get it cleaned?
User:not through doctor , but had it cleaned with dettol and then applied boroline
Doctor:Did you remove the dirt and stones?
User:yep , its clear
Doctor:Where did the injury happen?
User:on the road
Doctor:I meant on hand, feet, knees etc
Doctor:where on your body?
User:oh sorry , my bad .. its just on the hand joint .. sorry dont know the english word for that .. google tells me humerus something ?
Doctor:did the bone or tendons got exposed?
Doctor:You do come in the category who should take antibiotics since the wound got contaminated with dirt
User:will ofloxacin be okay ?
Doctor:Borosil is not the best antiseptic
Doctor:You should apply betadine
Doctor:ofloxacin has some side effects
Doctor:I prefer amoxicillin because of low side effects
User:oh , i had applied betadine first in office then applied boroline at home
User:okay got it
Doctor:That antiseptic is better
User:what should be the course ?
Doctor:Keep it loosely covered with a gauze
Doctor:Mostly 2 - 3 days course should be enough
Doctor:Keep it covered for just one day
Doctor:Then keep it open so that it gets dry
User:okay , thanks a lot .. I've taken tetanus injection too on advice of my colleagues , was it a good thing to do ?
Doctor:Yes it is good
Doctor:Though it is not needed if your last dose of tetanus was less than 5 yrs ago
User:Thanks a lot , no more queries .
Doctor:Thanks for coming on chat
User:oh just one thing , what brand of amoxicillin to take ?
User:Okay , thanks a lot again .
User:Good night
Doctor:Good night
Doctor:Take care
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