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Skin rash due to feral cate bite - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you?
User :   Hello
User :   Earlier today, I was bitten by a feral cat
Doctor :  
ok
User :   The area of the bite is now red and swollen and painful to the touch. It's difficult for me to even use mykeys
User :   And the area itself is also warm/hot
Doctor :  
ok
User :   Should I see a doctor about getting a rabies shot?
Doctor :  
yes you should
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you will need a rabies vaccination
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and also antibiotics for the bite to heal
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as it might lead to serious damage to skin
User :   I cleaned it with an antibacterial swap from our firstaid kit, along with cleaning the punctures with soap and water
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
that is fine
Doctor :  
is there bleeding?
User :   The bite happened around 8:30 pm, is it alright for me to wait until the morning/afternoon the followign day for a doctor
User :   Yes, both bite marks bled quite a bit
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
Flush the wound with large amounts of water. Even if the bite has punctured the skin, thorough cleansing is of the utmost importance
User :   Alright
Doctor :   Control bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with gauze.
Doctor :   apply any antibiotic cream if available at house.
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and apply a cold pack. it will help the pain and the swellling

Doctor :  
take OTC pain likker
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rush to ER
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get a tetanus shot
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and antirabies
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