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I experienced a cat bite yesterday. the site is red and slightly swollen. what should i do other than applying polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin)?

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Dr. Albert Melaragno answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

CAN GET INFECTED: IF IT IS A PUNCTURE WOUND AND THERE IS SPREADING REDNESS, THEN YOU MAY NEED AN ANTIBIOTIC THERE IS OFTEN INFECTION AFTER DOG, CAT AND HUMAN BITES CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR OR GO TO URGENT CARE WITH YOUR MED HISTORY

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Gerald Mandell answered

Specializes in Nuclear Medicine

Infection: Cat saliva,carrier of multiple bacteria, and cat bite is likely to get infected.Cat bite wound can turn into a serious infection within 12 hours after the biting and over 40% of wounds infected.Symptoms of infected cat bite are swelling, redness, puss in the area and a fever. An infected wound needs immediate medical attention.Antibiotics are the best way to treat. See physician.

Answered 8/25/2014

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Dr. Melanie Mintzer answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Cat bite: Cat bites are very serious and cause a generalized skin infection which if untreated will cause the blood to become infected. Treatment of systemic infection can require intravenous antibiotic therapy and possibly hospitalization. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY to get started on the appropriate antibiotics to prevent extension of the infection.

Answered 5/2/2015

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