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My cat bit me yesterday on the tip of my finger. It took…

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My cat bit me...

My cat bit me yesterday on the tip of my finger. It took awhile (10 miutes?) to stop bleeding, then I rinsed it and applied "new skin." Today it is still painfull and a little swollen. Would soaking in an epson salt bath be helpful?

Doctor's Assistant: Any recent injuries? How long have you been dealing with the swelling?

No. She bit me lasy night...it's been about 24 hours.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

NO, I just want to deal with this bite.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

can I see the finger?

do you have a picture?

99% of cat bites become infected so likely you need to go in but i want to see it

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
ok
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

do you have a picture?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No, chat is fine.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

ok

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I don't have a picture. I can take one with my phone, but I don't know how to send it to you. I don't want to pay $50 to send it by text if that counts as a phone call.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

You can upload a picture here for free

or email me one for a discounted price

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have gotten some texts from "just answer" do I text back a pic there?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

Just upload it here

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I have to email it to myself to get it on the computer...may take a minute. there it is.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

Got it.

Oh boy that looks terrible

you need to go to ER tonight

Go immediately

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No. Will soaking in epsom salt bath help?
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

No. Not at all

You need to accept that it is 100% going to get more infected

and go to ER

you can go now or go later when its really bad

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
There must be something I can do at home.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

No

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Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

You can soak it in epsom salt and when the redness spreads up your arm tomorrow or the next day and you have to go to ER you can wish that you went today

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
bye
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

bye

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