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Doctor insights on: Cat Scratches

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Cat scratch how long after to get shot?

Cat scratch how long after to get shot?

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 more

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When should you get checked for a cat scratch?

When should you get checked for a cat scratch?

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

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My cat scratched me because dog scared it. Will I get any diseases from this?

My cat scratched me because dog scared it. Will I get any diseases from this?

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

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Can you get sick and if so what are the symptoms from a stray cat scratches and it broke skin?

Can you get sick and if so what are the symptoms from a stray cat scratches and it broke skin?

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

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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.

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

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My cat scratched my eye. What do I do?

My cat scratched my eye. What do I do?

Cat scratch: This depends on what part of the eye was scratched, the severity of the scratch, and whether it is infected. This should be managed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Could a cat scratch be cause of death?

Could a cat scratch be cause of death?

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

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Can you gey rabies if a cat scratches you?

Can you gey rabies if a cat scratches you?

Possible but unlikel: If it was a domesticated cat with vaccines, if wild, ask local healthdept. ...Read more

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What to use to clear up cat scratches on my arm?

What to use to clear up cat scratches on my arm?

Wound care: 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

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How do I reduce chances of scarring from a hard cat scratch?

How do I reduce chances of scarring from a hard cat scratch?

Infection control: If you have a scratch from a cat, infection has to be prevented first. Cat scratch fever is a disease caused by a bacteria found in cats. And then, take care of the wound by putting ointment and scar cream later. ...Read more

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Can my cat scratch my cornea?

Can my cat scratch my cornea?

Certainly: If this has happened, you should make sure to see an ophthomologist to make sure there is no infection. ...Read more

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Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

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 more

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Can you get rabies from a cat scratch?

Can you get rabies from a cat scratch?

No: Even if the cat has rabies, and I have not heard of that as a source in the usa, the claws would not be infected and while other conditions like 'cat scratch fever' can arise from a scratch, rabies is not on the table. ...Read more

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Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

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 more

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How do I know if I have cat scratch or the fever?

How do I know if I have cat scratch or the fever?

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

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Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

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 more

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Soreness after a simple cat scratch. Is this normal?

Soreness after a simple cat scratch. Is this normal?

It could be: Infected? When was your last tetanus shot? Cat scratches can easily develop into nasty infections. May want to have it checked. ...Read more

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Body rash after a cat scratch, should I be concerned?

Body rash after a cat scratch, should I be concerned?

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

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Could I have allergic contact dermatitis from my cat scratches?

Could I have allergic contact dermatitis from my cat scratches?

Yes: Cats allergy can cause both immediate and delayed reactions.Contact dermatitis is often a delayed allergic reaction and can be treated with both antihistamines and noninflammatory creams. ...Read more