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In agony with this cat bite :/

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Jadime23 Sun 09-Nov-14 17:50:43

I work in a rescue centre and got bitten by a cat (not my first and won't be my last). I know that any swelling etc requires a hospital visit. But I'm not sure whether this is worth a trip. The puncture wound was quite deep. I am now feeling quite ill like groggy type feeling and my hand is really painful especially when I try and move it. It's red around the bite but not swollen..... Should I get it checked or am I just being a wimp??

AWombWithoutAFoof Sun 09-Nov-14 17:53:50

Get it looked at. Someone I know got bitten by a cat and was told had she delayed seeking treatment much longer the likely outcome would have been amputation.

DramaAlpaca Sun 09-Nov-14 17:57:57

I agree - you need to get a doctor to look at it. Cat bites can be very nasty, and that looks sore. You may well need antibiotics.

Gatekeeper Sun 09-Nov-14 18:00:46

I got bitten a few months ago by a stray cat; rang the nurse for advice and she was insistant I come done and have it looked at. Even though it didn't look too bad and I felt ok she prescribe anti b's as a precaution. She had seen a woman the week before who developed a raging infection due to a bite so def go and get it seen to; you are NOT being a wimp

GertiesNotDirty Sun 09-Nov-14 18:01:26

You DEFINITELY need to get it seen. No question at all. Cat bites are notoriously likely to get infected and with your symptoms I wouldn't hesitate in getting seen. Please do go ASAP and if poss draw a light outline around the redness before you go and make a note of the time you do it so they can see if it is expanding. Good luck.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Sun 09-Nov-14 18:03:31

Go and get checked out today. Asap. If it is a localised infction they can treat it easily but you feeling groggy is not good. I could ask about differences in breathing, heart rate, temperature but much better if you get yourself checked over by professionals. Don't wait until tomorrow.

YeGodsAndLittleFishes Sun 09-Nov-14 18:05:00

In the meantime, draw a line around the redness with biro and write the time (24hr) inside near the line.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 09-Nov-14 18:09:21

I'd go to out of hours, puncture wounds breed anaerobic bacteria & they are nasty.

Best to go before its really bad.

thecatneuterer Sun 09-Nov-14 18:09:55

Yes if you're feeling ill then you definitely need antibiotics. I've had around 50 or more bites probably. One required antibiotics and once put me in hospital for two weeks! I always wait to see what happens before I bother with doctors/hospital but if you feel ill with it and/or if the swelling and pain is severe and certainly if it doesn't improve after 24 hours, then you need treatment.

Jadime23 Sun 09-Nov-14 19:03:40

Bloody cats smile thanks for the advice!!!

GertiesNotDirty Sun 09-Nov-14 20:04:47

Are you going Jadime?

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 09-Nov-14 21:54:30

You definitely need to get it checked out. Be prepared for them to have never heard of cat scratch fever, bartonellosis. On the couple of occasions I have had it the doctors have asked me which antibiotic they hours prescribe, tetracyclines, I always choose doxycycline as it is once daily dosing.

sashh Mon 10-Nov-14 08:52:50

Another vote for antibiotics, I had a bite from a stray I was feeding that went like that, the OOH prescribed them with no problems.

Madcatgirl Mon 10-Nov-14 08:54:08

I got scratched badly a few weeks ago, I called my doctors and because the cat had drawn a lot of blood I was asked to come straight in and had a tetanus and course of antibiotics, go and get it looked at.

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