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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2008, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Help. Possible infected cat scratch

The other night, Mango got spooked in bed and accidently scratched me just below and in between my breasts. It is about 1/2 inch long. It did bleed. Now it is red and hurts. I am afraid it might be infected. Any suggestions on what to do and/or how bad it can get?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2008, 12:25 PM
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Neosporin should clear it right up.

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Those things should take care of it, but keep an eye on it. Cat scratches can become seriously infected. If it doesn't look better in a day of two, have a doctor look at it.

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I have a compromised immne system. EVERY scratch I get, looks 'bad', and especially the cat scratches. My scratch will be red, puffy and 'angry-looking' for at least a day or two before the swelling goes down and then it heals fine.
I have found that neosporin or A&D ointment with bandaids will hasten the swelling reduction and healing process.

I would say if a scratch remains angry, swollen and very red after 2-3 days, it should certainly be seen by a Doctor. I would also venture to say, if a scratch were going to turn 'bad', you would certainly know before 2-3 days.



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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-14-2008, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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hubby is now getting me neosporin at the store. it doesnt look that bad yet. I think it will be fine. Thanks for the replys, wasnt sure how bad it could get.
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I keep a bottle of Bactine wound cleaner and a tube of neosporin + painkiller in the grooming basket.
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I like the bactine idea, will get some soon
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I'm never far from my Neosporin + Pain relief with this kitten
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