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Got bit by VOLE. Need emergency treatment?

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I just got bit by a vole. Do I need to go to the emergency room?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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If the wound is big and lacerated, you will need wound care. So you need to visit the ER.
If you have not had a Tetanus shot in the last 5 years, please go to the ER for the same.

If the wound is not severe or big and you have taken a Tetanus shot in the last 5 years, you need not go to the ER.

If your wound is small, then please do the following.
- Clean it thoroughly by running warm tap water over it for a couple of minutes.

- Encourage the wound to bleed by gently squeezing it, unless it's already bleeding freely.

- Apply an antiseptic cream over it and leave it open.

- If the bite is painful, you can take painkillers, such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know if you have further queries.


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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