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Cat Bites Infection Symptoms
How long would it take infection from a cat bite to develop. My 4yo was bitten 2 days ago and it looks ok. Just a little pain if I ask and light pink.
Cat bite: It is highly likely that cat bites can get infected so easily. You need to see his doctor to see if antibiotics is needed ...Read more
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
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
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
How long will it take for the swelling and tenderious go down in my finger I had surgery on my left idex finger due to a serious infection from a cat bite about 4 weeks ago. My finger is still swollen, tender to the touch and I still don't have full use o
Hand: See hand surgeon asap.Get a more detailed answer ›
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?
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?
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?
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
I was recently bitten by my cat about 13 days ago and I didn't think mucj of it, it wasn't a bad bite and it healed up in just a couple of days. No pain or no sign of infection but yesterday I visited my primary dr. On a routine visit and in conversation
What's the question?: The story was just getting good...And then it ended! ...Read more
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
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
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?
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?
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
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?
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 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
While I have dry broken skin on my hands, should I avoid contact with my cat, incase of infection from her saliva or her nose or only if she bites me?
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 was diagnosed three days ago with a sinus infection--the usual symptoms. I've been a bit lightheaded however. I'm on a z pack. Is this unusual?
Not unusual: A sinus infection could make you feel lightheaded as well as taking antibiotics. Make sure you rest and keep hydrated. ...Read more
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.
Its been 20 days since I was bitten by my cat. I had a tetanus about 2 weeks later plus a round of doxycycline. No infection at the site but I kinda have a few leg spasms and a low grade fever. Do u think I have the tetanus bacteria?
TETANUS: Tetanus is a severe infection starting from jaw stiffness, stiffness of neck, arms, legs, etc. Your sx are not severe but see md in case it becomes worse for rx. ...Read more
I was bitten 13 days ago by my cat but just had a tetanus shot yesterday and doxycycline. But today my jaw is real tight and a few leg spasms should I be concerned. The bite healed great no infection?
See a doctor: You should see a doctor to make sure what is going on. ...Read more
I've had a cold for a little bit now and have nausea, drowsiness, sensitivity to light and plus symptoms of a sinus infection is it viral meningitis?
I was bitten and given antibiotics for an infection. It's been 24hrs, the swellings gone down slightly but I have flu symptoms and sore throat. Help?
Bite: Sounds like a response to the bite you should get some blood tests to look at lyme (if it was a tick) and other diseases that can be carried by mosquitoes ...Read more
This 65 year old woman was bitten by her cat on the dorsal aspect of the right middle finger. Any risk 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