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Old 07-12-2008, 11:51 PM   #1
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Worry...or wait to worry?
Yesterday (Friday) morning, I was rudely awakened by my cat either biting or scratching my toes. On my left foot, I have a scratch at the base of my middle toe. On the right, my pinkie toe has either a puncture or VERY small scratch. I got up, washed and disinfected it, then forgot about it except that it would sting a bit as these things will.

Earlier this evening, I noticed that on my pinkie toe, my toe is slightly swollen and very red. The scratch on my other toe seems fine, just a scratch already pretty much healed. Is it too soon for me to be worrying about it? It doesn't hurt when I touch it or anything, but it is quite red...
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Old 07-12-2008, 11:59 PM   #2
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Try soaking it in epsom salts and hot water, then putting polysporin on it and a bandage. Change the bandage twice a day. I hope this helps!
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:27 AM   #3
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I think you may have cellulites in your toe from an infection. I would go to your local walk in center to get it treated.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:11 AM   #4
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Yeah it does sound like an early stage infection. Cat scratches are notorious for such infections and the sooner it's treated the more quickly it will go away.
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:38 AM   #5
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It's infected, but I wouldn't go to the doctor for it yet. I would treat it like The.Knitter said first. Then see if it gets better.

I have had lots of infected scratches over the years and I haven't ever gone to a doctor for one. They always heal and go away if treated properly.

Now, if it doesn't start to look better then I would go in.
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Old 07-13-2008, 11:29 AM   #6
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I'm a wait and see gal myself. I used to work for a small animal vet and have had cat bites and scratches on my hands. My hands would swell up and be unusable for a few days but would eventually heal, thank goodness, as I didn't have health insurance then. If it gets painful and doesn't clear up in a couple of days then I would definitely seek treatment.
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:20 PM   #7
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I get scratched all the time as i have 15 cats, mainly kittens that like to play rough.

personally i dont get any kind of treatment for them, i usually just leave them alone and they sort out. but as your sounds worse than the once i get i would antiseptic it and wait a couple of days, if it looks better then great, if not go and see someone.

Its as long as you know there is nothing wrong with your cat. i know mine are fine as i get them vet checked often and they are all indoor cats so less likley to pick up nasties.

they fliiping hurt though, and take far far longer than the average like for like dog bite i think to heal
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I got a blister on my foot that tore and got infected. That whole side of my foot got swollen and was in pain. I took some Tylenol and soaked it for sveral hours in hot water with Epsom salts. I did this a few times until it completely went away several hours later and then just wore flip-flops for the next week.

I have a habit of self-treating though and not going to the doctor unless I absolutely have to.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:05 PM   #9
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I'd also wait, keep it clean. I avoid doctors like the plague though.
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I've always pretty much ignored cat scratches and bites, after cleaning them. Unless they're really deep scratches, a wash with soap and water is all I do. This kinda struck me. It seemed to go away, now it looks like it's back. I'll wait until tomorrow after following the suggestions I've received. My aunt said I'd probably have to have a tetanus shot if I do go in. Ugh, not my cup of tea right there.
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