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Puncture wound caused by a cat's claw in inner forearm.

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puncture wound caused by a cat's claw in inner forearm. finger/hand movement limited, soreness and a light-colored red discoloration observed
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 7 years ago.


Thanks for your question.

I am sorry to hear about your problem.

It is possible you may have developed bacterial infection of your wounds.

A course of antibiotics like Augmentin is required to expedite the healing.

Please keep the wounds clean with peroxide solution daily.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Sorry it took so long...I received some updated information.
It was a cat bite. Very small puncture wound to the lower/middle of the forearm. Wound healed immediately. Swelling observed from elbow to forearm, limited mobility in fingers and hand. Red discoloration resembles a welt and is seen extending from elbow to wrist.
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 7 years ago.

Although the wound healed immediately, you have developed swelling, pain & redness.

This is suggestive of bacterial infection also known as bacterial cellulitis.

This should be taken seriously, as if left untreated the infection spread to the other parts of the body.

Please go to the urgent care for earliest clinical evaluation.

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