Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
188 Doctors are Online

Infection from cat scratch. Should stay on antibiotics? Next course of action?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by
Practicing since : 2007
Answered : 1201 Questions
If a serious infection from a cat scratch does not get better or worse in 10 days should the patient remain on antibiotics? Also. what and when should be the next course of action if the infection persists?
Posted Wed, 19 Jun 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 16 minutes later

Thanks for your health concerns.

The main possibilities to consider are failure of the antibiotic (usually Amoxicillin clavulanate is the best choice for cat scratch infections), complication such as cellulitis or abscess, or an alternative diagnosis.

You should visit the original provider who saw you for this issue and evaluate these 3 possibilities I outlined.

The usual course of action if such an infection does not get better by 7-10 days, but does not progress either, is to see a medical provider again to ensure that the antibiotic treatment has not failed. That is our recommendation. Until seen by a provider, you should continue on the treatment prescribed. If the infection persists, the provider might decide to choose another type of antibiotic like the one I mentioned, which is the one I have prescribed for my patients with cat-scratch disease (most common pathogen Bartonella henselae).

Hope this is helpful, wish you the best health, blessings.

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Department of XXXXXXX Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Diseases
Mayo Clinic MN
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor