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Suggest treatment for redness and swelling in the hand

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Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Question: I received a cat bite on the center, back of my hand. My hand is swollen, red and sore. I've been taking Advil and after two days, it's improving. I'm assuming it's healing w/ time, but am wondering if it's effecting me in any other way, ie, upset stomach & mild headache? Do I need an antibiotic? Is it too late? I live 75 miles from the nearest town.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
cat bites require antibiotic treatment

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

cat bites get infected at a rate of 80%. This is too high to ignore. Antibiotic treatment is required. Amoxicillin-Clavulanate would be an appropriate choice if there are no contraindications. Since the bitten part was the hand, it would be better if a doctor had a look at it. The hand may get infected and the infection may be hard to manage.

I hope it helps!
Kind Regards!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (15 minutes later)
Thank you very much.
I appreciate your response.
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
You're welcome!

Detailed Answer:
You're welcome! Glad to help!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: cat bites require antibiotic treatment Detailed Answer: Hello, cat bites get infected at a rate of 80%. This is too high to ignore. Antibiotic treatment is required. Amoxicillin-Clavulanate would be an appropriate choice if there are no contraindications. Since the bitten part was the hand, it would be better if a doctor had a look at it. The hand may get infected and the infection may be hard to manage. I hope it helps! Kind Regards!