Cat Bite of the Hand Overview
Are cat bites of the hand serious?
Cats have long, sharp teeth that easily puncture the skin, as well as structures beneath the skin. In the case of a cat bite to the hand, it is important to make sure the bite has not penetrated into bone, a joint, a nerve, or a blood vessel. Cat bites are common and frequently cause skin infections.
What are the symptoms of a cat bite of the hand?
Symptoms of a cat bite include skin puncture wound, pain around the bite, and bleeding from the bite. Numbness and tingling should be investigated as a potential nerve injury.
How does the doctor treat a cat bite of the hand?
Treatment for cat bites depends on the depth of penetration. General treatment includes wound irrigation and cleansing, tetanus vaccination, and antibiotics.
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