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Scratch by cat, deep puncture with heavy bleeding, now it

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scratch by cat, deep puncture with heavy bleeding, now it has been 24 hours and half of the thumb is red, purple and swelling. applied anticepitc product, wondering do I need some antibiotics pills or injection to prevent it from getting worse?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

This is Dr. David

I'm sorry you got scratched by your cat.

sounds like a deep puncture wound.

red and purple can be from bleeding inside of the wound.

you should be icing the area and elevating it above your heart to decrease swelling and to decrease pain.

can you upload a clear jpg image here for me to review?

do you see the "add file" link?

i hope you have washed out the wound with soap and water.

applying neosporin antibiotic ointment can help as well.

Dr. David and 2 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i tried with the add files button, but nothing pumps out. I am using safari on a mac, wondering what can i do now? do u have an email address so i can send the picture to you ?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
hello ?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
r u going to call me ?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

yes, I can call you now.

my email is above.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
OK, PLEASE CALL ME . i cant upload the pic via here, but i will send u the email now
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
the email has been sent, titled wound. and i am ready for your call . +447427-070288
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
i am waiting pal
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

thanks for the phone discussion.

the wound looks good.

doesn't look infected

keep the area clean

wash with soap and water regularly

keep using antibiotic ointment on the area

use a bandaid to cover.

ice the wound to decrease pain and swelling

you can elevate the hand as well to decrease swelling.

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