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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 10:13 AM Thread Starter
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Cat scratch disease?!

First of all: I suffer terribly from HA (Health Anxiety), although not usually about cat scratches, so it's possible I'm overreacting? (Hope so!)

I've gotten a couple scratches (and an accidental bite) from Voldie, to the point, he managed to slash across my wrist (again, it wasn't on purpose, he wasn't being aggressive) and the scars are still visible.

Now, a couple of days ago (Saturday), some friends visited and as the cats get visibly nervous close to newcomers, I picked Luna up to put her in the cat room... well, she managed to jump off me, but not before one of her claws grappled my arm, creating a tiny but deep scratch.

I washed/disinfected it and had all but forgotten about it when today I noticed that there's a small bump on the spot where the scratch is, it's very mildly red on the surface, but I can see some red-ness under the skin. So I searched about it and NOW I'M TERRIFIED I'm going to die. (I know, I'm sorry for posting this, I-- yeah, just feeling really on edge right now).

I haven't been doing well/don't actually have a health insurance at the moment. Pets don't need one so I don't skimp on taking them to the vet, but I am not able to afford the monthly price of an insurance here (I would if it were a bit cheaper) and just heading to the hospital would cost me an insane amount of money. (Once I felt sick, went there, got told it was nothing and I should rest, and had to pay over a hundred for it!)

Does anyone here have any experience with this?
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By bump do you mean that the skin is raised where you got scratched? Has it scabbed over?

Cat scratches always look really red and nasty on me but they always heal up pretty quick without any issues. You DID wash it and disinfect it when it happened. I would just keep putting antiseptic on it and watch it.

If you get red streaks branching out from it or it becomes really itchy (beyond the "I'm healing so I'm ticklish" itching) or the surrounding area swells up then I would start to be concerned.
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By bump do you mean that the skin is raised where you got scratched? Has it scabbed over?

Cat scratches always look really red and nasty on me but they always heal up pretty quick without any issues. You DID wash it and disinfect it when it happened. I would just keep putting antiseptic on it and watch it.

If you get red streaks branching out from it or it becomes really itchy (beyond the "I'm healing so I'm ticklish" itching) or the surrounding area swells up then I would start to be concerned.
It did scab over but I accidentally scratched the scab away (it itched a bit before, not so much now), and yes, it's a raised, round-ish bump, much larger than just the usual raised skin you get when something scratches you. A good comparison would be some sort of bug bite (a mosquito bite or something).

Besides that, no, it's not overly red nor painful. And I do feel fine, although I've read that the symptoms can take 1-2 weeks to show up.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-24-2012, 10:40 AM
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If you're worried about cat scratch fever, it does not manifest at the site of the scratch. It is actually a fever, with swollen glands, etc.
I would just watch the scratch & keep disinfecting it. This may sound horrible, but could the little raised bump be a piece of claw that accidentally came lose?
I was attacked by my cat (long story; some other time) & ended up with over 60 bites & scratches on my arm & hand. I would occasionally pick out a piece of claw for years.
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Thank you for your comment.

This may be the case, I'll keep a close on it, either way.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-25-2012, 08:30 AM
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If your hand falls off, you might want to see a doctor.
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