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Old 07-14-2008, 01:52 PM   #11
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I go to the doctor when I'm sure I'm dying (generally a fever that just won't go down) so I agree with the treat-it-myself-and -see-how-it-goes folks here.

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Old 07-14-2008, 02:00 PM   #12
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I'd keep a close eye on it, particularly if you think it could have been a bite.

Cat bite are far worse than scratches, or dog bites, from a bacteria point of view. Also, their teeth are so thin and pointy that they get much deeper than we realize.

Strictly speaking, any cat bite that breaks the skin should be treated with an oral antibiotic.

The epsom salts and topical neosporin are good ideas, but if it shows any signs other than clearly getting better, you should get an antibiotic.
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Old 07-14-2008, 02:09 PM   #13
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I have had many scratches (and so have my kids) that get red and puffy, but, I also wait it out. I clean the area thoroughly with soap and warm water, apply peroxide and let that bubble up, dry it off, apply Bactine, wait for that to dry, then use a Q-Tip to apply an antibiotic cream then cover it with a band-aid. I usually take the band-aid off at night to let the wound "breathe" and repeat the above steps the next day. Usually, by morning, the redness and puffiness is gone. Once it starts to look like it's healing, I just use the Bactine and antibiotic cream and it's all better in a few days. Hope ya get better soon, cat scratches suck!
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