Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Mouse Bite Home Care

Home care for rodent bites includes:

  • Clean the bite:
    • Use mild soap and water.
    • Running water can help remove dirt.
    • Gently dab the bite with hydrogen peroxide to remove clotted blood.
    • Do not scrub the bite.
    • Remove dirt or foreign material from the bite.
    • Clean the bite 3 times a day
  • Apply antibiotic ointment.
  • Cover the wound:
    • Use gauze or an elastic bandage.
  • Keep the bite clean and dry.
  • Rest the injured area.
  • Elevate the injured area.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Ibuprofen for pain
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
  • Notify Animal Control Services

Mouse Bite Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have a rodent bite and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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