A dogs tooth caught my thumb yesterday,I know this dog and it didn't break my skin but I already have a little broken skin around nails on that hand and dry skin on hand that dogs saliva may have got into. Possibility of P. Multocida infection from this? Also can I pass this infection onto my children through my dry broken skin? Worried about meningitis.
What type of symptoms should I be looking for? My hands were already dry and sore that is why I am worried about the dogs saliva.
Should I not keep my hands covered until I know for sure I have no infection? Or is it safe enough to have close contact with children?
Sorry for the long reply
I do have a little OCD with washing and cleaning my hands that's why they are dry and sore anyway.
Should I just then avoid contact with any broken skin of theirs? Like scratches on their skin or should that be fine?
So getting Meningitis from that infection is unlikely? And you would show symptoms of the infection before it developed into that anyway?
That is what I was worried about with the children especially.
Should I wash my hands as a precaution before contact with them until I know for sure I'm not infected?
Sorry for replying again Doctor, I am a worrier and like to know I have all the details right.
How is this infection passed from human to human then? By puss from the infected wound?
A little while after the incident I washed it with water soap and then antibacterial hand wash
I was told it could be passed from puss from an infected wound to other humans?
So I don't need to avoid any contact with children or cover my hands?
I just wouldn't like to risk their health in any way, especially with a risk of meningitis. You are correct, I do let my anxiety get the better of me, it isn't like I even have a wound from the dog just dog saliva onto dry broken skin.
You will be getting an excellent rating for putting up with me Doctor Phil. You have really set my mind at rest, thank you Doctor.
Is my question private?
One more thing, can we get married Doctor? Haha, every time I panic you can set my mind at rest :) lol.
Tell her she has some competition ;) LOL!
Oh we can't have that lets just keep it our secret lol.
You too, thank you Doc
Getting quite a few spots on my face, when I never usually get spots, isn't a sign of infection is it?
Also if I don't show symptoms by next week, say 5-7 days, should I assume I don't have the infection?
Sorry for continuing to reply, thought I'd check. Even getting a big spot on my eyelid!! Promise this is the last reply though ;)
I will look out for symptoms of infection over the next week.
One more thing Doc, sorry I know you're already sick of me LOL. But I do have a domesticated cat, do I need to avoid contact with her while I have the dry broken skin on my hands in case of infection from her saliva or from her nose? Or is it only if she bites me?
Even if her saliva gets onto the dry broken skin on my hands?
I don't have to avoid her saliva or anything?
Because again I was told to stay well away from her mouth, even if she doesn't bite me.
Thanks a lot for your help Doctor :)
I am feeling unwell today, I think I have a temperature and I'm getting chills. Should would you suggest seeing my Doctor tomorrow and mentioning the possible infection?
I don't have a thermometer, so I'm not sure but I have been very hot but having chills and generally not feeling well at all.
I will try and get into the Doctors tomorrow. My hands actually seem to be getting better.
But if it is P. Multocida, it cannot be passed to another human?
Thanks a lot Doctor.
Should I let you know what the Doctor says?
Spoke to my Doctor over the phone and explained everything. She wasn't sure what to do so she spoke to another Doctor in the practice and when she looked at my records she saw that the last tetanus/booster injection I had was in 2000 so I have been for a tetanus as a precaution and she has also gave me a course of antibiotics in case of any infection.
Is Co-Amoxiclav (Penicillin antibiotic) known to bring on epileptic seizures or does it interact with levetiracetam (Keppra)
Thank you Doctor, you have been so helpful! :)