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For what: Domesticated cats are rarely carriers of rabies while ferile ones might. Call your local health department to see if they recommend any such action. You would have at least a week to decide. They often keep the only supplies of the vaccine. There is no shot for "cat scratch fever".Simple washing with soap/water can reduce local infection that might benefit from a shot. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cat Scratch Fever: Bartonella causes Cat Scratch Fever in humans, and is transmitted from the claw or fur of a cat following trauma such as a scratch. In otherwise healthy people this is usually not a serious illness but is characterized by a lump that develops at the site of injury several days afterwards, and accompanied by fever, GI distress, and enlarged lymph nodes. These symptoms warrant investigation. ...Read more
Sometimes: There is a disease called cat scratch fever or disease, a benign infectious disease caused by the intracellular bacterium bartonella henselae. Most common in children following a scratch or bite from a cat within about one to two weeks to several month. There may be raised skin lesion at the site of initial infection. Some patients fever and other systemic symptoms, others not. May not get disease. ...Read more
Possible infection.: If a cat scratches you, it can introduce bacterial infection into the skin causing an impetigo or even a cellulitis. If there is redness, pain, swelling or frank pus at the site of the scratch, especially if it is worsening or spreading, seek medical assistance immediately. You will need at a minimum oral antibiotic therapy. ...Read more
How long after a very minor cat scratch am I safe from getting CSD? The scratch happened 2 days ago and has already totally healed.
10 days: You are probably not infected. If you are, a small pimple will appear at the site. This will occur within 10 days. You are already healed and most people require no treatment anyway. ...Read more
Yes: The bacterial infection called cat scratch fever sometimes kills especially by causing an encephalopathy. An aggressive bacterial infection due to a cat scratch, as by some staphylococci, can kill in a few days; or an untreated infection by a more common bacterium might also turn septic and cause death. Of course these are rare; just do first-aid for the injury and watch it. ...Read more
Keep the wound clean with gentle soap and water, place a small amount of antibiotic ointment on the wound, followed by a clean dressing. Do this 2x/day.
Once there is no more scabbing or crusting, you can switch to a product like scar fade or scar recovery gel to promote faster healing and a less noticeable scar. ...Read more
Probably not...: While rabies is certainly transmissible from cats to humans, it generally requires an ill cat bite not scratch. The infected saliva of an infected animal transmits the rabies virus through injured skin, thereby inoculatin the victim. Incubation of rabies in a human after exposure is 1-3 months typically. I would be much more concerned about the possibility of cat scratch disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Rabies in america is mostly from wild animals like the bat, raccoon, fox etc. And some domestic dogs that are not vaccinated. I am not aware of rabies from cat scratch. However, if you are scratched by a kitty, beware of cat scratch disease then. Hope that you are healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Below: This is caused by a small bacteria which produces a small skin lesion at the site of the scratch in 1/2-3/4 of patients. Lymph nodes enlarge in the area closer to the body within about 10-14 days. At first these may be firm and tender, but then may break down and drain persistently. In some patients, particularly with impaired immune function it can affect the eye, liver, nervous system, etc. ...Read more
Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe.: Cat scratch disease is a bacterial infection that is more common in children, but does sometimes occur in adults. It usually resolves without treatment. But the cat scratch could be a coincidence, and the rash may be due to something else. See a dermatologist and find out exactly what it is. ...Read more