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cat scratch

one of the neiborhood strays sank her claws into my daughters cheeks! anybody know if theres anything i should look for? iv heard that a cat scratch can make a child very sick and since shes a stray i know shes not vaccinated.

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Asked by cassie_m at 10:41 AM on Oct. 20, 2009 in Health

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  • Just keep it clean and watch for signs of infection. It's cat BITES that you really need to watch for.

    Answer by Zakysmommy at 10:47 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • I would just keep antibiotic ointment on it and watch for any signs of infection.

    You can go to google and read about cat scratch fever and what to watch for. If your daughter is healthy you don't need to worry. Kids get scratched by cats all the time.

    Answer by Gailll at 10:47 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Make sure you clean it well. Does she look and feel sick and is her cheek hot and swollen. If she is run to the Doctors.

    Answer by gammie at 10:52 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • In people who have a normal immune system, cat scratch disease is usually not a serious illness. A small papule (a little raised lump) develops at the site of injury within 10 days. The signs and symptoms that follow may include:

    * fever,
    * chills,
    * nausea,
    * vomiting,
    * fatigue, and
    * inflammation and soreness of the lymph nodes (lymphadenitis).


    Answer by ali_1107 at 11:16 AM on Oct. 20, 2009

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