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  •  I have read recently (4+ / 0-)
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    that peroxide and alcohol are no longer recommended; it is thought that they damage tissue and that plain water is better for keeping wounds clean. That being said, if something is clean but infected, antibiotics would then make sense.

    •  I just use an antibiotic soap now (3+ / 0-)
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      I have an antibiotic wash specifically for cuts/scrapes that works well too, and it doesn't sting like soap.

      I also have found that not letting it close up right away, but washing it often and completely flooding the wound helps keep it from getting infected. That's me though, and I'll rip off the scab if it starts to heal before I can get it really washed well, but I have a really high pain threshold. I certainly wouldn't recommend that for anybody else.

      •  Whenever I get bitten, the first (3+ / 0-)
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        three things I do are:

        1. Flush with water

        2. Flush with  water

        3. Flush with water

        The continue flushing with water, and washing with soap.  It has helped so much.

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        by mideedah on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 05:29:41 PM PST

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      •  Puncture wounds must NOT heal shut, they must heal (0+ / 0-)

        from the 'bottom' up to the surface. Keeping the scab off the top is necessary, as is soaking & cleaning at least a few times a day.

        If the skin heals first it creates an abcess, which is the most usual situation for cat bites.

        Hydrogen peroxide is useful for dissolving dead tissue & scabs & doesn't have to be overused to be helpful.

        Good Luck - I hope it's better now. I HATE cat bites !! Also making that hard decision that a kitty is unsafe. So sorry for your loss & everything about this situation.

        Something that doesn't make good sense, makes bad sense. That means someone is being deliberately hurtful & selfish. Look for motives behind actions & words.

        by CA wildwoman on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:56:27 AM PST

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    •  I read a study on H2O2 and wound healing (2+ / 0-)
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      triciawyse, FarWestGirl

      maybe 20 or 25 years ago in a nursing journal.  It was probably one of the first published works that said that peroxide delayed healing.  Of course, that needed to be confirmed by further studies.

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