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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Animal Bites
Infection Post-Cat Bite [posted 10/13/98]
Answer: Sounds like herpetic whitlow. This is a viral infection that keeps reoccuring. I'd get it cultured the next time it starts-start with viral cultures. It could also be a chronic fungal infection;but, these would be less common.
Cat Bite and Treatment [posted 8/13/98]
Answer: Insure their tetanus is up to date and antibiotics - usually amoxicillin or something similar to get the potential anaerobes of a stiletto type puncture typical of a cat fang. Tetracycline or erythromycin is used in the penicillin allergic patient.