Question: When should you go to the doctor for a cat bite?

If a cat bite breaks your skin, you should seek medical attention if: you start having any serious symptoms of an infection, such as fever, chills, pus or fluid oozing from the wound, or swollen lymph nodes. the wound wont stop bleeding. the wound appears to be deep or large.

How long should a cat bite hurt?

Always get medical attention for cat bites on the hand. They are highly likely to become infected. Most wounds heal within 10 days. But an infection can occur even with proper treatment.

How long before a cat bite becomes infected?

Most cat bite wounds are small punctures that drive pathogenic bacteria deep into the skin. Left untreated, a serious infection can develop within twenty-four to forty-eight hours.

Can I put hydrogen peroxide on a cat bite?

After 24 to 48 hours, gently wash the wound with clean water 2 times a day. Do not scrub or soak the wound. Dont use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing. You may cover the wound with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a non-stick bandage.

Can I treat a cat bite at home?

What to do if a cat bites you. First, you want to try to flush out as much bacteria as possible and then irrigate the wound with water. Next, wash the wound with mild soap and water. Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth and apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream if you have it.

Is Neosporin good for cat bites?

A surface wound such as a scratch can generally be treated at home by rinsing the area with water and applying an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin.

How do you clean a cat bite?

First, you want to try to flush out as much bacteria as possible and then irrigate the wound with water. Next, wash the wound with mild soap and water. Slow the bleeding with a clean cloth and apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream if you have it. Then, wrap the wound in a sterile bandage.

Should you put peroxide on a cat bite?

Dont use hydrogen peroxide or alcohol, which can slow healing. You may cover the wound with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a non-stick bandage. Apply more petroleum jelly and replace the bandage as needed.

Should I put antibiotic ointment on a cat bite?

Scratches from a Cat First Aid Care Advice: Wash the scratches with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic ointment twice daily. Watch closely for signs of infection, especially the first 1-3 days.

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