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A 55-year-old female asked:

a housecat bit me on my thumb 5 days ago. had stitches. small holes are festering. i'm taking penicillin. why is my whole hand weak? can't make a fist

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Due to infection: I am concerned that penicillin is not the best choice to treat this infection, and house cats due harbor lots of infections (dogs have far safer saliva, in general). Would contact your doctor, and maybe see infectious disease specialist. Do not delay, as you may be developing a cellulitis, and may require incision and drainage.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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