Cat bites may cause serious infections, lead to hospitalization

USA Today reported that according to a study published in the Journal of Hand Surgery, “a cat bite on the hand can turn into a hospital stay.” The 193-patient study revealed that “one out of three people who sought treatment for a cat bite to the hand were hospitalized.” What’s more, “two thirds of those hospitalized during the study required surgery to flush out the infection in the wounds and middle-aged women were the most common bite victims.”

HealthDay reports that in the majority of “cases, bites that were positioned directly over the wrist or another joint were more likely to result in hospitalization than bites to soft tissue, the researchers said.”

HealthDay also noted that while “cats have no more germs in their mouths than dogs or people,” investigators determined “that when cats bite, their sharp teeth can inject hard-to-treat bacteria deeply into the skin and joints, increasing the risk for serious infection.”

==========================================

© Copyright WLL, INC. 2013. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.

Enter your email to subscribe to Dr. Walt's blogs.

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Dr. Walt Larimore will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.