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My daughter has cat bites. Where do I start?
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Arthur Sands
cat bites are worse than dog bites - need to be treated ASAP with debridement if necessary and antibiotics - pasturella multocida is the species to worry about w/ cat bites - penicillin drugs like amoxicillin, augmentin work well as well as the quinolones and bactrim ds
Dr. Thomas Balshi
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Antibiotics
Use ice for swelling and discomfort, but watch closely as animal bites can introduce a bacterial infection not only into the skin, but into the blood stream. Dont hesitate to get to a doctor for antibiotics if there is skin redness, swelling or if child has fever.
Be aware.

In brief: Antibiotics
Use ice for swelling and discomfort, but watch closely as animal bites can introduce a bacterial infection not only into the skin, but into the blood stream. Dont hesitate to get to a doctor for antibiotics if there is skin redness, swelling or if child has fever.
Be aware.
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