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Old 03-06-2018, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I am thinking that I may be infected with a different bacteria than what the antibiotics prescribed are for.
Antibiotics are generally not matched specifically to specific bacteria, an antibiotic does not target a specific species.

There are, however, two major types of bacteria- gram-positive and gram-negative, and antibiotics prescribed may differ based on which type is present, as the mechanism for killing them is different.

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The did not do a blood culture to see what has infected me and I think those take 24-36 hours anyway
and dont always work out .... so in the meantime what is the next most likely antibiotic for me
to take based on historical cat bite infections ?
It may not be necessary to do a culture, as the common forms present in a cat's mouth are known. However, if the infection does not respond to the current treatment, another treatment may be indicated.

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If this line of redness does not stop moving, then I get Sepsis in the blood and I die right ?
It's possible.

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What is the next most likely antibiotic to be prescribed ?
When my wife was bitten by a cat, and it became infected, she ended up on a two week course of twice-daily IV doses of Levaquin.

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Curiouser and curiouser.
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Old 03-06-2018, 05:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Curiouser and curiouser.
Maybe they took our advice and are at the ER getting treatment.
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Old 03-06-2018, 06:20 PM
 
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Might need antibiotics through an IV. I hope the one who posted this thread went to the ED or called her doctor back.
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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It's not just a Ted Nugent song:
https://www.healthline.com/health/ca...toms-in-humans
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:37 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Maybe they took our advice and are at the ER getting treatment.
I hope so.
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Old 03-06-2018, 09:07 PM
 
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Also, make sure the cat has had its rabies shots. A negligent friend of mine was badly bitten by one of the semi-stray cats he fed ((but never sheltered, neutered, spayed, or took to the vet) - and tested positive for rabies. The cat was killed and taken to the health department for rabies confirmation, the others were given shots, and my friend had to go through the lengthy multi-shot treatment.

He still wouldn't spay the mama cats: "They just loved those little kittens" but at least he never got rabies again, nor did any of the newly vaccinated cats.
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Old 03-07-2018, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Looking for a forever home
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I would get to the emergency room pronto. This is nothing to play around with.

I am not a doctor/nurse, but this is also what I would do. Check with your doc first. Along with the doctors I would soak that hand in warm salt water 3 X a day for 15-20 min each time. First boil the water with sea salt in it (see recipe below). Then let it cool off so you don't burn yourself, very warm is good. Then stick that hand into the warm water, and relax. Do this every day till it's healed.

The recipe: "If you were to make normal saline at home, a doctor might recommend you add two teaspoons to a quart of water."

https://healthfully.com/treating-wou...r-4898741.html

Back when my appendix exploded, and I had a large cyst like thing growing on it filled with infected "soup" the hospital gave me intravenous Broad Spectrum antibiotics till they could grow out the culture, and treat more specifically. It turned out to be a toxic mix of gram negative bacteria that had to be drained out over a couple weeks. I was on 2 kinds of antibiotics.

Then the surgeon put off removing the appendix, and it started growing mrsa. So they added Cipro. The infectious disease doctor had to call the surgeon to urge him to remove the thing soon before anything worse would happen. It had formed stones so it would just come back. 9 days in two hospital stays with no insurance for a total of $82,000 which was just the hospital. Thank God I didn't get sepsis. So, this stuff is nothing to mess around with.

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Old 03-10-2018, 07:47 AM
 
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I'm wondering how this turned out -- did the OP ever post something (maybe in another thread)?
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Old 03-11-2018, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I was bit by a neighborhood cat on the index finger Sat Afternoon. By Sunday noon ( 15 hrs)
the redness and swelling had spread one and a half inches from the tooth penetration hole to just past my knuckle and just onto my palm.

I began to take Augmentin ( amoxycillian with Clavulanate pill form ) in a high dose after visiting doctor.

Now Tuesday noon, the line of redness and swelling and tenderness has spread to my wrist.

I have a doc appt for Wed morn at 10:30am for review of progress.

I am thinking that I may be infected with a different bacteria than what the antibiotics prescribed
are for.

The did not do a blood culture to see what has infected me and I think those take 24-36 hours anyway
and dont always work out .... so in the meantime what is the next most likely antibiotic for me
to take based on historical cat bite infections ?

If this line of redness does not stop moving, then I get Sepsis in the blood and I die right ?

What is the next most likely antibiotic to be prescribed ?
can't tell you about which antibiotic to use but I related my story about 6 months ago. Briefly, hubby was bit by a cat he was cat sitting for (he has a small pet sitting business) About 24 hours after the bite, he starting running a high fever and was very weak. Long story, he spent 5 days in the hospital, 2 in ICU. After tests the doctor informed us, some cats regardless of being inside or outside do carry a bacteria that can be very dangerous. In this case, the cat had bitten before so as sad as it was, they had to have him put down.
Hope everything worked out for you; wish you would have come back to let us know, it could help others.
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