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i have cat scratches all over one leg (they "tag"me when playing)and i'm diabetic. they're taking too long to heal and leaving scars. any suggestions?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Diabetes control: Hi. First and foremost, make sure your diabetes is very well controlled. That not only helps wounds heal, but also prevents all sorts of complications, including infections. Next, there are some infections you can get from cat scratches. If the scratches look infected, please see your doctor. Lastly, if your cats are inside only (which is the only responsible way to have cats), you can declaw them
Answered on Jan 26, 2015
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Bartonella henselae: Bartonella henselae are known to cause infection from cat sctratches and bites (also pasturella bacteria in teeth) Skin bumps and lymph node swelling can decelop and last for several months. Fevers, headache, fatigue, joint pain and weight loss can occur. As a diabetic..you have to be more concerned than most about infections. You need to see your doctor and avoid this happening in the future.
Answered on Oct 11, 2016
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Declaw: A vet can remove the cats' claws. Leg wounds are always slow to heal and yours might be infected. Diabetes is probably not a major factor. Wash well in shower. Avoid peroxide, iodine, alcohol, bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic. None of these are useful for this. They all impair wound healing. The antibiotics cause allergic reactions and encourage resistent bacteria. Have you considered a do
Answered on Jan 26, 2015

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