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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You : You need immediate medical care. A cat bit can transmit significant bacteria. Your hand is apparently infected. Hand infections can spread quickly fro ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Lots of variables : A simple bite from your domestic cat may only need a good wash out with antiseptic soap & observation. If a stray cat in an area where rabies is preva ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Med tx.: Please seek prompt medical care for a cat bite. You may need a tetanus shot. Cat bites can become badly infected.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kristi Kohl
19 years experience Family Medicine
Infection: Cat bites have an extremely high risk of causing infection (about 95%). The bacteria in cat's teeth, combined with the sharp small teeth, tend to cau ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bryan Levey
26 years experience Pediatrics
Antibiotics: Cat bites tend to be puncture wounds that heal over quickly, sealing whatever germs are in the cat's mouth into the bitten person's skin. Cat bites s ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Have seen: Unless it is a superficial scratch, i would have it seen. Cat bites usually get infected and require antibiotics. If there is no swelling, tendernes ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
See below: The most common is a skin infection at the site of the bite. You can also get catch scratch disease, which results in infection of lymph nodes near th ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
A hole in your body: Cat bites are quite effective and infective since their eye teeth puncture deeply. Cats and dogs have a bacteria -pasturella multocida - in their mout ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Serious: Cat bites can induce bacteria that can be difficult to treat. See you doctor if you have had a cat bite.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
20 years experience Geriatrics
Peroxide...: Then keep wound clean and covered until healed. Go to your doctor if redness or drainage develops.

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