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Old 12-16-2010, 09:32 PM   #1
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Possible Cat Scratch: A Little Freaked Out


Alright, so over the past couple days I've noticed a numbers of symptoms of 'something' and it's kinda freaking me out.

There's a nick on my knuckle that has scabbed over that might have been caused by a cat's claw. I don't remember getting scratched, but a couple days ago I noticed a rash/inflamed patch of skin on my hand; the skin was dry and flaking a bit and it was a little tender to the touch. I thought at the time that I'd just had an allergic reaction to something, but now I'm not feeling all that hot and I can't help but wonder if that scratch is the cause.

I feel a little light-headed, and my cheeks feel kinda swollen or maybe numb, I cannot really tell. My neck is a little bit stiff/sore, and I've been feeling other little aches and pains over the past day or two. The rash on my hand doesn't look all that inflamed anymore, though the skin is still rough and dry. I just took my temperature twice, and it was 98.9 both times, so I don't have a fever.

I've been exposed to three cats. I own two of them. One has had it's rabies shot recently and the other is strictly an indoors cat. I don't know who the owner of the third cat is; it may possibly be a stray, and I don't know if it has had a rabies shot. I've handled all three cats, so any one of them might have inadvertently scratched me. I haven't noticed any unusual behavior from any of these cats.

So I spent a little time investigating the symptoms I've been having, and I've managed to work myself up a bit (self-diagnosis is idiotic I know). Cat-scratch fever kinda stood out as a possibility, but I can't help but be a little scared that it might be something more serious (rabies). I mean, if it were, and I'm experiencing symptoms, then I'm already screwed right? If I'd been bitten by either of the outdoor cats I would have definitely gotten inoculated, but I don't even remember getting this tiny little scratch, so it's all a little bit scary.

I'm going to the doctor tomorrow, but I'd still like to hear any advice that you can give.


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Old 12-26-2010, 05:21 AM   #2
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Re: Possible Cat Scratch: A Little Freaked Out


I don't know about rabies but cats who carry fleas or have been bitten by ticks can carry the infection Bartonella, or cat-scratch fever, which is a co-infection of Lyme Disease. Since you are having symptoms I would definitely try to find an LLMD (lyme literate medical doctor) in your area. If you have any form of Lyme the only doctor you should see is an LLMD. Other doctors may tell you they can treat or want to test, but they are not specialists in this disease so do not know the Lyme labs to send to or how to effectively treat should you have this. I hope you don't, but these are suggestions if you want to follow through. I would also post on the Lyme Disease board here for further responses.

All the best,


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