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How to treat a cat bite just through skin?

How to treat a cat bite just through skin?

Cat bite: If the cat punctured the skin you will probably want to call for doctor. About 50% of cat bites get infected (because of the shape of the teeth and depth of bite they create). Many doctors will start antibiotics to prevent infection. Look for redness, oozing, swelling and/or fever as sign of infection. ...Read more

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Cat Bites (Definition)

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


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How to treat a cat bite on my leg, is there over-the-counter medicine available?

How to treat a cat bite on my leg, is there over-the-counter medicine available?

Not that simple: Youn can wash clean and any over the counter ointment , but cat bites and scratches will boatonella infections , called cat scratch fever , as most of the cats carry that bug , with generalized lymph enlargement , will need antibiotic administration ...Read more

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How can I treat a cat bite?

How can I treat a cat bite?

Med tx.: Please seek prompt medical care for a cat bite. You may need a tetanus shot. Cat bites can become badly infected. ...Read more

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How can I treat a cat bite in my cheek?

Get med care NOW: Cat bites have a significant infection rate. You need medical evaluation and possible antibiotics and tetanus shot. ...Read more

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How can cat bites be treated?

How can cat bites be treated?

Antibiotics: Cat bites tend to be puncture wounds that heal over quickly, sealing whatever germs are in the cat's mouth into the bitten person's skin. Cat bites should be cleaned immediately with soap and water to minimize the bacteria in the wound, but then treated with an antibiotic that will kill the germs that are still there before they spread, causing a nasty infection. ...Read more

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Cat bites on my arms, how do I treat them?

Recommend medical: Evaluation. Cat bites are notorious for becoming infected. If your last tetanus shot was 10 or more years ago or you don't - you will need a new one. You may require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is a cat bite bad?

Is a cat bite bad?

Lots of variables : A simple bite from your domestic cat may only need a good wash out with antiseptic soap & observation. If a stray cat in an area where rabies is prevalent in small animals it might require you impound the cat for 10 days or get a rabies series. Some cat bites carry germs that can cause a bacterial infection in the skin. All issues are worthy of thought. ...Read more

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What is danger of cat bites?

What is danger of cat bites?

Infection: One of the most common bugs is pasteurella multocida. If the infection were to develop within hours of the bite, it is likely this bug, part of the feline normal mouth bacterial flora. ...Read more

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How long for a cat bite to heal?

Have seen: Unless it is a superficial scratch, i would have it seen. Cat bites usually get infected and require antibiotics. If there is no swelling, tenderness or redness then you can watch and wait. It should heal in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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What diseases can cat bites cause?

What diseases can cat bites cause?

See below: The most common is a skin infection at the site of the bite. You can also get catch scratch disease, which results in infection of lymph nodes near the site. Although, this is more common with kittens. ...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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What sort of disease is a cat bite?

?not disease-wound!: A cats mouth may contain a number of germs that can trigger an infection.Any break in the skin can also increase risk of tetanus. If you clean the wound well and have no swelling/redness/pain,and had a tetanus shot within 10 yr,you can watch it at home. If you see swelling, redness or pain, see your doc. If it is in a venerable site like the web-spaces of your hand do so quickly. ...Read more

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What's the best way to care for a cat bite?

What's the best way to care for a cat bite?

TREATMENT: Tetanus shot, removal of any dead tissue, irrigation with saline, maybe antibiotics, rabies prophylaxis as indicated. ...Read more

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After a cat bite what complications can occur?

After a cat bite what complications can occur?

Lots of variables : A simple bite from your domestic cat may only need a good wash out with antiseptic soap & observation. If a stray cat in an area where rabies is prevalent in small animals it might require you impound the cat for 10 days or get a rabies series. Some cat bites carry germs that can cause a bacterial infection in the skin. All issues are worthy of thought. ...Read more

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Will cat bites stop me from going on my vacation?

Will cat bites stop me from going on my vacation?

If infected: If superficial abrasion topical antibiotic will be adequate. If however if there is deeper info tion it requires antibiotics and monitoring. See physician immediately for antibiotics and if adequate response is noted you can go on vacation with arranging follow up if ne essay with physician at vacation site. ...Read more

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Should my son seek medical attention after cat bite?

Should my son seek medical attention after cat bite?

Yes: If a cat bite breaks the skin there is significant risk for infection. Clean the wound first, and call your doctor. ...Read more

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Which type of medicine can I take if a cat bites me?

Which type of medicine can I take if a cat bites me?

Clean it plus: A thorough cleaning may suffice for most simple cat bites. Verification of tetanus protection and monitoring the site for redness or oozing is also important.Complex bites into the hand or web space between the fingers should be evaluated and likely treated with an abx appropriate for the germs found in a cats mouth. ...Read more

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What happens and is there a serious problem when a cat bites someone hard ?

What happens and is there a serious problem when a cat bites someone hard ?

Infection?: A "hard" cat bite can cause a deep puncture wound. An infection can be caused by unusual bacteria, in addition to Staph and Strep. Tetanus shot, debridement, irrigation w/ saline, and maybe antibiotics are utilized. ...Read more

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My child has cat bites. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

My child has cat bites. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

Complicated: Real question is why did the cat bite her. Cats are generally docile animals and do not hurt people unless scared or provoked. Cat bites can also get infected and could be serious if untreated. If the kids are hurting the cat, that has to stop, if the cat is sick or scared and is attacking, that has to stop. The whole point of having pets is to enjoy the friendly relationship. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cat bites?

What is the treatment for cat bites?

Soap and water: Any bite should be washed well with soap and water as quickly as possible after the bite. This flushes the wound and reduces the chances of infection. Then putting on neosporin, polymixin, bacitracin, etc (topical antibacterials) and a bandaid can be helpful. If the wound is deep, becomes more painful, or there is concern the animal is rabid, be seen immediately. Antibiotics if infected. ...Read more

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How do you know if a cat bite is infected?

How do you know if a cat bite is infected?

Worsening symptoms: Worsening pain, redness, and swelling may be the result of a severe cat bite infection. The sharp needle-like teeth of the cat can penetrate deep into the hand, innoculating internal structures- joints, deep palmar spaces, and tendon sheaths. Immediate medical evaluation should be sought, as antibiotic treatment and surgical intervention may be warranted, if severity and symptoms persist. ...Read more

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My daughter has cat bites. Where do I start?

My daughter has cat bites. Where do I start?

At your doctor: First your daughter needs a tetanus shot if she hasn't had one in the last 5 years. The cat needs to be identified, if possible, and you need to be sure it is not sick. (rabies is the big concern.) lastly, the bites need to be thoroughly cleaned, as cats have bacteria in their mouths which ride into the skin on the cat's teeth. An antibiotic may be necessary if infection is present. ...Read more

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When my cat bites/scratches me the skin raises?

When my cat bites/scratches me the skin raises?

Normal vs. allergy: Your skin raising at the area where the cat scratches or bites can be a normal skin reaction. If the skin surrounding the scratch raises and turns red then you may have a possible allergy. If this occurs with itching and swelling beyond the scratch you may need to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a cat bite to get infected?

2-3 days: Typically infections become evident after about 2-3 days. Make sure you have thoroughly washed the wound if it just occurred, and make sure you know that the animal has had all its shots. If you develop redness, swelling and or pain in the area see your physician without delay. ...Read more

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Is there any way a domestic cat bites could become fatal?

Is there any way a domestic cat bites could become fatal?

I can think of 2: An untreated cat bite could lead to cellulitis & eventually to blood poisoning. As the infection spread through the blood it could eventually be fatal. Though rare in the us , a cat could acquire rabies & pass it through a bite & prove fatal. ...Read more

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What are the risks of a cat bite; just broke the surface?

Wash and clean area: There are bacteria in the mouths of cats that may give you cellulitis in the area of the bite or cat scratch fever with adenopathy. ...Read more