We were putting flea treatment on my favorite cat tonight...I love him, I really do. Max is normally a big cuddle bear, but when we get out the Frontline...he becomes a MONSTER!
Anyway, DH was trying to hold him down while I applied the medicine, but Max flipped and bit my wrist. It wasn't a very deep bite, but broke the skin about an inch long and it's bruised and swollen. I looked online and as usual, there's enough there to scare the heck out of ya. Things like, infections that begin 2 hours after being bitten, septicemia in immune-compromised people, etc. They say that cat bites are one of the worst you can get, germ-wise.
One site (maybe Dr. Sears?) said that anyone who is bitten by a cat on the hand or near a joint needs to start oral antibiotics within eight hours. Which would not be a big deal if we weren't heading out to Florida at 5:00 in the morning.
I washed it with soap and water, then (owie!) scrubbed at it with peroxide-soaked cotton, then poured more peroxide over it and let it bubble really well. Then I applied neosporin and a band aid.
I just can't go to an ER with an inch-long cat bite! LOL But it'll be 4 or later tomorrow afternoon before we get to Florida. WWYD? I'm wondering if I should call the rheumy and see if she'll call in an oral antibiotic that I can pick up at the 24 hour pharmacy on my way out. But I wonder if it's really necessary, or is the internet just trying to scare me?
I feel really dumb! LOL
Wife, writer, artist, homeschooling mom to 2 wonderful boys
Lupus (dx May '04), arthritis, PCOS, being tested for vasculitis and Behcet's
Now taking: plaquenil, limbrel, metformin XR, ibuprofen and the occasional percoset for pain