Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Rodent Bite to the Leg Overview

Another name for Rodent Bite to the Leg is Rodent Bite of the Leg.

How serious is a rodent bite to the leg?
A person with a rodent bite has an injury to the skin, caused by the bite of a rodent. These bites typically produce small puncture wounds with very little tissue damage. Rodents include chipmunks, gerbils, gophers, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, prairie dogs, rabbits, rats, and squirrels. Although rodent bites can become secondarily infected with bacteria, rabies is extremely rare in rodents.

What are the symptoms of a rodent bite to the leg?
Symptoms of rodent bites include a puncture wound, laceration, or abrasion to the skin. The skin may be painful, swollen and red.

How does the doctor treat a rodent bite to the leg?
Treatment for rodent bites may include wound care, antibiotics, tetanus vaccination, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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