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What causes motion difficulties and swelling in finger after cat bite?

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Posted on Wed, 27 May 2015
Question: I was bitten by a cat 2 months on 4 fingers. My index finger on my left hand has not healed completely. The skin has healed over, but my finger is still swollen, red and inflamed. I have already used amocillin/clauvanate twice. This had almost no effect. My finger also has restricted in movement. I can not play my guitar. What should I do ? Would an injection of an antibiotic help ? How long will my finger take to heal completely? Should I try to exercise my finger....for example by trying to play my guitar despite the pain???
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Answered by Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
you need to see plastic suregon

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Cat bites may be very serious and unpleasant injuries since these wounds are usually infected and heal for longer period. Antiobitic therapy is always required.

In your case, there seems to be more deep sibfascial infection that involved finger tendons. It still may heal in next few weeks. But it would be better option to see plastic surgeon or hand surgeon to rule out necessity for surgical procedure of freeing inflamed tendons.

Wish you good health. Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (1 hour later)
Should I immobilize my finger or try to exercise my finger ?
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Answered by Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (18 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
if there is redness and pain,immobilisation

Detailed Answer:
If there is sign of infection then it should be immobilized. If there are only motion difficulties and swelling then you need specific physical therapy for finger contractures.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Follow up: Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (23 minutes later)
Should I soak my finger in hot water ?
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Answered by Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (2 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
yes

Detailed Answer:
Yes,you can also add one spoon of salt and do flexion and extension for 20 minutes 2 times or day
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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What causes motion difficulties and swelling in finger after cat bite?

Brief Answer: you need to see plastic suregon Detailed Answer: Hi Cat bites may be very serious and unpleasant injuries since these wounds are usually infected and heal for longer period. Antiobitic therapy is always required. In your case, there seems to be more deep sibfascial infection that involved finger tendons. It still may heal in next few weeks. But it would be better option to see plastic surgeon or hand surgeon to rule out necessity for surgical procedure of freeing inflamed tendons. Wish you good health. Regards