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Dog s tooth touched thigh. Area is red and have pain. No blood. Should I worry?

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Just i was playing with some street dogs in my area, and while playing his tooth touched my thigh but blood has come out only the are has become little reddish and slight pain is there.
My neighbours told me to apply some red chilly powder which i did. Now there not not much pain. But need some clarifications from the specialist. So i do i need to worry about this?
Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Welcome to HCM.
Street dogs are very risky for rabies and one must take utmost care regarding rabies,
it may not be open wound but the area should be cleaned with alcohol and Povidone iodine that is Betadine should be applied and not chilly powder as you have done please visit a doctor or hospital and please understand that, rabies has no cure,
please go for vaccination for any suspicious exposure.
Usually it is bite and exposure to saliva which transmits virus.
albeit chances of rabies very negligible, through scratch wounds.
However in your case, I would suggest you to take post exposure vaccination at the earliest - active vaccination with HDCV on day 0.3,7,14 and 28.
You can watch the dog if possible than last two dose can be omitted if dog is allright.
Please take care
Good Luck
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