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Why has my skin color turned to purple with a lump in it after a dog bit my calve ?

About four days ago a dog but my left calve but didn t break the skin now I have a bruise that looks purple and red where the bite marks were aside that when I touch the bruise it feels like I have a lump. What could it be? I already went to the doctor should I go again?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Jul 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Welcome to HCM.
You have not mentioned whether you have taken Tetanus Toxoid injection.
It looks like the bruise is caused by the dog bite. If the dog is domestic and if you can observe, the dog should be observed for 10 days. If the dog survives for more than 10 days, you need not take antirabies injection otherwise it is strongly recommended that you take antirabies injection.
The lump you feel must be local collection of blood under the skin which must have organised. If it is painful you need to consult your doctor again, otherwise it will gradually subside.
Answered: Mon, 25 Jul 2011
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Dermatologist Dr. Gaurav Patel's  Response
welcome to healthcaremagic forum
as there is bruise and minor bleeding is there it is safer to take antirabies vaccine if you have not taken it previously .
or you can keep watch over dog if he die than you must take vaccine
otherwise keep area clean and open
never cover it
apply antibiotic cream over it
better to consult doctor
i hope i have answered your question
dr gaurav patel ,ahmedabad
Answered: Mon, 25 Jul 2011
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  Anonymous's Response
I have taken that shot and the dog was not a dog I know. It was just a dog that came running towards me from another house while I was walking.
Answered: Mon, 25 Jul 2011
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