Yesterday morning I got bit by a feral cat. When I got bit, I did everything right - hot water/antibiotic scrub with nail brush, betadine scrub, hydrogen peroxide, epsom salt soak and neosporin. I didn't think it was infected because it didn't hurt- it was just numb. But after talking to Deb, I went ahead and went to the doctor. The bite is infected, the cat bit into the radial nerve of my thumb causing the loss of sensation and it is why my fingers are now asleep. It is hard to type- but I am now on strong antibiotics, had a tetanus shot and am on painkillers. It has been quite a few years since I have been bit. I thought I knew how to kill the bacteria successfully. I was so wrong. Be careful when handling feral cats- 89% of all cat bites will get infected.
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3/18/06 at 5:15pm