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What is wrong if my finger joint keeps swelling up every 2 to 3 months after being bitten by a cat?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine

In brief: Cat bite

Go see your doctor. Recurrent swelling and pain after a cat bite could represent an infection.
Other possibilities could include joint, tendon, ligament damage caused by the puncture wound. Inflammatory issues such as synovitis or even arthritis could cause recurrent symptoms as well.

In brief: Cat bite

Go see your doctor. Recurrent swelling and pain after a cat bite could represent an infection.
Other possibilities could include joint, tendon, ligament damage caused by the puncture wound. Inflammatory issues such as synovitis or even arthritis could cause recurrent symptoms as well.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Maybe its infected.

All human and animal bites are dirty wounds prone to infection because bacteria in the mouth is introduced into the bite wound.
Different animals have different types of bacteria, but once they get into the joint they begin to destroy the cartilage which leads to "septic" arthritis. If you have had a bite wound over a jont it is a serious injury that should be evaluated by a trained professional.

In brief: Maybe its infected.

All human and animal bites are dirty wounds prone to infection because bacteria in the mouth is introduced into the bite wound.
Different animals have different types of bacteria, but once they get into the joint they begin to destroy the cartilage which leads to "septic" arthritis. If you have had a bite wound over a jont it is a serious injury that should be evaluated by a trained professional.
Dr. John Ayres
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