Do you need a tetanus shot after a cat scratch?

Dry the wound, apply antibiotic ointment, and cover it with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. Call your doctor if the bite or scratch broke or punctured the skin, even if the area is small. A child who is bitten by an animal may need antibiotics, a tetanus booster, or rarely, a series of rabies shots.
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Why does it hurt when a cat scratches you?

All scratches sting. Cat scratches tend to get inflamed and sting long after the fact because cat claws carry pathogenic bacteria. Cat scratches are highly prone to infection.
  • How can you avoid getting rabies?

    Tips to Prevent Rabies
    1. Vaccinate dogs and cats against rabies as required by law.
    2. Keep dogs and cats under control.
    3. Leave stray or unknown dogs and cats alone.
    4. Leave wild animals alone.
    5. Do not keep wild animals as pets.
    6. Make your property unattractive to wild animals.
  • Can you get rabies from a person?

    A: People usually get get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. It is also possible, but quite rare, that people may get rabies if infectious material from a rabid animal, such as saliva, gets directly into their eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound.
  • Who has survived rabies?

    Jeanna Giese
B.

Can cats scratch cause rabies?

Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can carry disease. Cat scratches, even from a kitten, can carry "cat scratch disease," a bacterial infection. Other animals can transmit rabies and tetanus. Bites that break the skin are even more likely to become infected.
  • Why does it hurt so much when a cat scratches you?

    Cat scratches tend to get inflamed and sting long after the fact because cat claws carry pathogenic bacteria. Cat scratches are highly prone to infection. Cat scratches usually just get the top layers of skin cells and damage the many nerve endings there which can cause stinging sensations for awhile.
  • Is rabies curable?

    In unvaccinated humans, rabies is almost always fatal after neurological symptoms have developed. Vaccination after exposure, PEP, is highly successful in preventing the disease if administered promptly, in general within 6 days of infection. Begun with little or no delay, PEP is 100% effective against rabies.
  • What are the symptoms of cat scratch fever in humans?

    The infection can feel warm or painful. A person with CSD may also have a fever, headache, poor appetite, and exhaustion. Later, the person's lymph nodes closest to the original scratch or bite can become swollen, tender, or painful. Wash cat bites and scratches well with soap and running water.
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Can you die from a cat scratch fever?

Known as 'cat-scratch disease', the illness can cause an intense fever, pustules and - if complications develop - can even result in death. Caused by bacteria transmitted from cat to cat by fleas, humans risk contracting the disease by kissing or nuzzling cats, or by being scratched or bitten.
  • What are the treatment options for cat scratch fever?

    Generally, cat-scratch disease is not serious. Medical treatment may not be needed. In some cases, treatment with antibiotics such as azithromycin can be helpful. Other antibiotics may be used, including clarithromycin, rifampin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, or ciprofloxacin.
  • How is cat scratch fever transmitted to humans?

    Cat scratch disease (CSD), Bartonella henselae. These bacteria can be transmitted from a cat to a person during a scratch. Some evidence suggests that CSD may be transmitted directly to humans by the bite of infected cat fleas, although this has not been proven.
  • Can you get rabies from a cat scratch?

    Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can carry disease. Cat scratches, even from a kitten, can carry "cat scratch disease," a bacterial infection. Other animals can transmit rabies and tetanus. Bites that break the skin are even more likely to become infected.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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