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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Could anti biotic gel cure cat bite infection?

Could anti biotic gel cure cat bite infection?

Probably not: Infected cat bites generally need systemic antibiotic treatment and can be very serious. See a doctor now. ...Read more

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Is it ever okay to stop taking antibiotics early? (they were prescribed to me for a cat bite, no infection ever took root, now I have a yeast infectio

Is it ever okay to stop taking antibiotics early? (they were prescribed to me for a cat bite, no infection ever took root, now I have a yeast infectio

Talk to doctor 1st: Sometimes it's okay to stop antibiotics early, but talk to your doctor 1st. With bites, we worry about bacteria being pushed into the skin and causing a deeper infection, that's why we routinely give abx even before we see an infection - it's more to prevent infection. I usually recommend my patients start something like Monistat for the yeast inf, but discuss w/ me about the abx before stopping. ...Read more

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Will Augmentin clear up the infection from a cat bite or should I also soak my finger in Epsom salts to help it heal?

Will Augmentin clear up the infection from a cat bite or should I also soak my finger in Epsom salts to help it heal?

Both: augmentin helps kill the common bacteria in cat bites ;pasteurella, cleaning the wound daily with soap/water and soaking is often good for a few minutes in epsom salt, it helps kill the bacteria[theres too much salt in the dead sea so no life except rare microbes, makes sense right? ] ...Read more

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A cat bit my vagina, leaving two large cuts on my vaginal lips. What should I do to decrease chance of infection and quicken the healing process?

A cat bit my vagina, leaving two large cuts on my vaginal lips. What should I do to decrease chance of infection and quicken the healing process?

Catbite: Get the area clean with frequent irrigation in the shower. Make sure you are current in your tetanus and be placed on antibiotics. Cats have very dirty mouths. All the best. ...Read more

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If you were bit by a cat how long would it be for symptoms of infection to show up if it were to become infected?

If you were bit by a cat how long would it be for symptoms of infection to show up if it were to become infected?

Cat Bite: Typically 24 hours or earlier if the patient has vascular disease. The bacteria typically seen is Pasteurella multocida - which is PCN sensitive. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cat bites?

What are the symptoms of cat bites?

IF INFECTED...: Bite wound infections, like any infection, are hot, red, swollen, painful to move, increasing pain, maybe an abscess. maybe a fever, maybe increased white blood cell count. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a stray cat a few minutes ago. The bite is superficial and it didn't draw blood. I washed the bite immediately. Is infection bossible?

I was bitten by a stray cat a few minutes ago. The bite is superficial and it didn't draw blood. I washed the bite immediately. Is infection bossible?

Cat bite: Cat bites can be infectious and definitely need oral antibiotics. Also stray cat can cause rabies and need vaccination and treatment for rabies as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My cat has got fleas, they bite me 50 time, and I obverse 2 fleas on my leg... an I detect infections or diseases? What should I do? Thanks a lot

My cat has got fleas, they bite me 50 time, and I obverse 2 fleas on my leg... an I detect infections or diseases? What should I do? Thanks a lot

Collar the cat: The fleas put you at risk of various diseases. Commonly, you can develop a localized skin infection where you have been bitten. Also an allergic dermatitis because of the repeated bites can develop into a full blown allergy to the point of generalized allergy symptoms. Not common, but you risk potentially serious diseases, ricktessia and Bordetella. Tx cat/sanitize house, personal belongings. ...Read more

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Hi, a little cat just bite my finger, is there any risk of infections? Any precautions I should take? Thank you,,

Cat bites -high risk: If the bite broke the skin, it is a high risk of causing infection. Up to eighty percent of cat bites become infected. One organism, Pastuerella multocida, is known for causing infection within 24 hours. I usually perform a wash-out/irrigation of the cat bite and provide a short course of antibiotics (e.g. Augmentin), especially with puncture wounds, as well as updating tetanus. ...Read more

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My 2 year old got minor bit from wild cat. What are the chances of infection and rabies? I washed bit and animal control watching cat for 10 days.

My 2 year old got minor bit from wild cat. What are the chances of infection and rabies? I washed bit and animal control watching cat for 10 days.

Continue to monitor: Although rabies is relatively rare- it still occurs in the animal population in the us. In sonoma county ca where I live, we had rabies in a cat recently. It is prudent that animal control is watching the cat (also likely testing the cat). Continue to watch the bit. If you see increased redness, streaks or pus, have your child seen by the doctor. ...Read more

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I have a hand infection and its swollen from where cat bit me?

I have a hand infection and its swollen from where cat bit me?

A/W Dr. Ferguson.: Get this evaluated asap. Have you had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years? Pasteurella multocida is a gram-negative, coccobacillus that causes the majority of wound infections from cat ; dog bites. It can quickly become very serious - especially when on the hand. ...Read more

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Its been 17 days since I was bitten by my cat there has been no sign of infection. Didn't have tetanus shot until a wk later. If I had the tetanus bacteria would it have shown signs by now?

Its been 17 days since I was bitten by my cat there has been no sign of infection. Didn't have tetanus shot until a wk later. If I had the tetanus bacteria would it have shown signs by now?

Incubation phase: The listed incubation for tetanus is 3-21 days with most starting to have symptoms within 8. From your statement it appears you were likely not exposed or your initial wound care prevented it from starting. ...Read more

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It's 3 days since cat bit 4 yo and made puncture wound. Dr said just to watch. Everything looks like it's healing. Would an infection shown up by now?

It's 3 days since cat bit 4 yo and made puncture wound. Dr said just to watch. Everything looks like it's healing. Would an infection shown up by now?

Puncture wound: Puncture wounds are very prone to infection. Local wound care (washing with soap and water several times per day) is necessary, and treatment with antibiotics possible. Symptoms of infection can take several days to develop. ...Read more

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I got bit by my cat on my wrist. Went to the dr and got on antibiotic for infection. Since getting bit my numb is tingling and going numb. I?

I got bit by my cat on my wrist. Went to the dr and got on antibiotic for infection. Since getting bit my numb is tingling and going numb. I?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Dry broken skin on my hands and contact with my cat and dog. Should I to avoid their saliva on skin or only if they bite me is it risk of infection?

Dry broken skin on my hands and contact with my cat and dog. Should I to avoid their saliva on skin or only if they bite me is it risk of infection?

Wash: Rabies seems unlikely. Bacteria in a dog's mouth sometimes cause infections when injected deep by a bite. The contact you describe rarely results in problems. Soak hands in hot water, then rub in a cream for dry skin. ...Read more

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I was bitten and scratched by a cat about an hour ago on my hand. Is some swelling normal or indicate infection? I poured peroxide on the wounds and then applied lots of bacitracin. I am concerned that these punctures and scratches are a little swollen, a

I was bitten and scratched by a cat about an hour ago on my hand. Is some swelling normal or indicate infection? I poured peroxide on the wounds and then applied lots of bacitracin. I am concerned that these punctures and scratches are a little swollen, a

Bacitracin: Bacitracin is not enough to prevent infection. Some swelling is normal, after a bite


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Cats carry a bacteria in their saliva. Your skin also carries bacteria on it despite your hands being clean their is a natural bacterial flora on normal skin.

A cat bite is generally a sharp deep puncture that may carry either type of bacteria and since it is deep it is hard to wash out.

The typical antibiotic used for infection after a cat bite is Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) in a non penicillin allergic person. If someone is allergic to penicillins, then the chose is different.

Specifically, pasteurella multocida is the most common bacteria from cat bites that is present in a cats mouth that causes infection in humans but staph species on the human skin also can also cause infection.

Finally the swelling from the trauma of the bite, may fool all, but its best to be safe and rapid swelling that continues and begins to get red might need not only antibiotics but drainage by a surgeon. ...Read more

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I just got bit by a mosquito right around where my thumb phalanges meet my metacarpils. I don't feel anything other than tension in the bitten hand and an itch. No signs of infection. Is tension a normal first symptom of a mosquito bite to the hand?

I just got bit by a mosquito right around where my thumb phalanges meet my metacarpils. I don't feel anything other than tension in the bitten hand and an itch. No signs of infection. Is tension a normal first symptom of a mosquito bite to the hand?

Swelling?: Mosquito bite usually causes swelling at the local site with itching soon to follow. Swelling at or near a joint would lead to stiffness which I expect should go away within 2 days but the itching may linger on for a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a sinus infection with absolutely no symptoms? No pressure, congestion and clear ears? I was put on meds after a cat scan.

Is it possible to have a sinus infection with absolutely no symptoms? No pressure, congestion and clear ears? I was put on meds after a cat scan.

Yes and no: Not if you are having acute sinusitis that needs symptoms. But if you are having a chronic sinusitis the you will have some changes in your CAT scan like thickening of the sinus wall, fluid collection, these finding could force your doctor to start treatment. ...Read more

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My cat bit me last night. Today puncture wounds are sore with mild reddened areas around wounds. No fever but watching it. Possibility of infection?

My cat bit me last night. Today puncture wounds are sore with mild reddened areas around wounds. No fever but watching it. Possibility of infection?

See a doctor ASAP: Cat bites are very dangerous and you should see a doctor immediately. Antibiotics are needed, the sooner the better. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Cat Bites (Definition)

Cat bites occur when a cat bites a person. If the skin is punctured, bleeding ...Read more