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Dr. Thomas, MD
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Yesterday my cat got scared and scratched at my lower lip.

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Yesterday my cat got scared and scratched at my lower lip. He put a small puncture there. Should I worry about an infection? He is mostly an outdoor cat.
JA: It's hard to know for sure. The Doctor will figure it out. Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: No I have not gone to see my doctor yet. I was just going to take care of it myself.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have high blood pressure, but that is it.
JA: When was last time you had a check up? Is there a history of high blood pressure in your family?
Customer: Last check up was in Sept 2015 and my mom's side of the family has high blood pressure
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 5 months ago.

Hello

Yes, there are two problems.

Cat scratch fever is possible. Not often.

Bacterial infection.

Clean the wound well.

I would also talk with your doctor.

It is unlikely you will have to do anything, but you will need to be on guard depending on how deep the wound went.

You should also, as a reminder, be up to date on tetanus shots.

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