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My cat bit me on the arm whilst playing.

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My cat bit me on the arm whilst playing. I sterlised the wounds and put antibiotic cream and plasters on. Is there anything else I should worry about in this instance?

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The answer

Thoroughly washing the bite and sterilising it as best you could was exactly the right thing to do. Cat bites rarely result in any significant problems. However, they can lead to bacterial infection of the wound but this would be obvious because the area would become red, inflamed and increasingly painful. In this case you should see your GP for antibiotics. The other factor to be considered is to check that you are up to date with your tetanus cover because dirt introduced during the bite may, although unlikely, carry tetanus spores. There is also a very rare condition called cat scratch fever which can be transmitted by cat bites and scratches.

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