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Medicine For Cat Bites
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
I was given amoxicillin for a cat bite, but now have diarrhea. can i take pepto or different diarrhea medicine while on amoxicillin?
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I was bitten by my 3-month old kitten. Do you think I might get rabies? What do cat bites looks like? Do they look more like a puncture or a scratch?
Cat bites: If your kitten has not been exposed to rabies, a bite from that kitten will not transmit rabies. if the skin was broken or scratched, wash thoroughly with lots of soap and water. Watch for redness, swelling or oozing. Skin infections are much more likely than rabies and can be serious. ...Read more
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
?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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer