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Son was bitten by hamster. Is it infected?

(5 Posts)
lelanderson Sun 04-Jan-15 13:44:02

Hi im new here and was hoping for a bit of advice. My son was bitten on the finger last week by his hamster. It was a deep bite (could see bone or tendon) and it didnt stop bleeding for 45 mins. We called nhs 24 for advice and they told us to take him to a&e which we did. They cleaned wound and said they dont close animal bites in case of infection but they did give him antibiotics. Anyway, 6 days have passed and the wound looks like this . Its only sore if he presses it but it feels hot and is swollen. Should I take him back to a&e or wait until my GP opens tomorrow? Thanks

ggirl Sun 04-Jan-15 13:50:15

TBH it doesn't look infected to me in that picture but may be computer screen. Def can wait until tomorrow to see a nurse at the practice if you say its hotter and redder than it was.I think it looks like its healing well but hard to say with a picture
If your ds is well in himself it can wait.

DropYourSword Sun 04-Jan-15 13:50:29

Doesn't look great, but it's not red or swollen and doesn't look like it's kicking out purulent discharge. If your son isn't running a temperature or feeling unwell I'd say it can wait until GP opens. I don't think this is requires a visit to A&E.

Hope he heals quickly!

lelanderson Sun 04-Jan-15 14:01:06

Thank you both. I guess I just needed a little reassurance. I will call the Gp in the morning and have him seen there. Its red/yellow and oozing a little so I think there could be a little bit of infection.

lemisscared Sun 04-Jan-15 14:03:27

put some honey on it smile

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