How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. RK Your Own Question

Dr. RK
Dr. RK, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2760
Experience:  M.B.B.S. , over 7 years of experience in the field of Medical practice
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. RK is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Hello, I got bitten by a cat today on the underside of my little

Resolved Question:

Hello, I got bitten by a cat today on the underside of my little finger it was a very deep bite and I washed it out immediately with Chlorhexidine and water and betadine and I also took an Amoxyclav 500mg tablet 10 minutes after it happened and another one 8 hrs later and now tonight it is extremely swollen and I can't bend it at all, it isn't really that red just very swollen does this mean it is infected? I haven't been to the doctor. I had a tetnus shot 3 years ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. RK replied 1 year ago.
Dear customer,

Was it a street cat or pet cat?
how many doses of amoxy-clav did you take?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

It was a pet cat which was a bit feral.... and I took 2 amoxyclav in total. One 10 minutes after it happened and one 8 hrs later which was an hour ago

Expert:  Dr. RK replied 1 year ago.
Dear customer,

The cat harbours many bacteria in mouth and cat bite should be treated with suitable antibiotics like augmentin, levoflox to be taken for 5-7 days duration in appropriate doses till the wound heals completely.

The iv antibiotics may be required in some cases when the bite is severe and wound is not healing.You may also take anti-inflammatory drugs like motrin, advil to control the pain and swelling.

The anti-rabies vaccine is advised if the cat is not immunised against rabies and if the animal is suspected of having rabies.

Let me know if need any more information.

Thank you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Okay so what are the chances of it being infected right now after taking antibiotics straight away? Just wondering why it is so swollen? I'm just a bit nervous about waiting until tomorrow to get it checked out.....and we don't have rabies here in Australia
Expert:  Dr. RK replied 1 year ago.
Dear customer,

The swelling and pain is likely to be due to the inflammation which is caused by the injury to the finger by cat's bite.It is the body's response to the injury.

You may take additional anti-inflammatory drugs as well like motrin & advil to control your pain and swelling.

If you continue to take antibiotics and complete the complete course then the chances of it getting infection will be minimised.

Thank you
Dr. RK, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 2760
Experience: M.B.B.S. , over 7 years of experience in the field of Medical practice
Dr. RK and 5 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    44473
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    44473
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    13579
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2522
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11042
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DO/DoctorRich/2012-9-12_72454_Doctorweb.64x64.jpg Dr. Natasha's Avatar

    Dr. Natasha

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    8749
    American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Ivy League trained. Medical Review Officer trained in Drug Testing