~ cat scratch disease??? ~
About 10 days ago I took one of my cats to the Vet … he hates to be put in a crate and he's huge – 18 lb. I "burrito" him, but he often wiggles out. This time when he wiggled out he scratched me in 3 places, one on my forearm, one on my leg, and one on my left upper arm. I didn't think too much of it. Then a few days later there was what looked like a small pimple on the one on my upper arm, so I cleaned it out, and it bled and bled. I got it stopped, cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide and then antibiotic ointment, covered it well with a bandage overnight. Next morning it looked like a blood blister. I tried cleaning it with alcohol, and again it opened and bled and bled. I got it stopped and again went through the same routine, using alcohol, antibiotic ointment and a bandage. Next day, it was back again. This went on for several days til I stopped trying to clean it out, just patted it with alcohol, antibiotic ointment and a bandage. Then I tried to let it air out over night, but it still looks the same. It's like a 1/8"+ size blood bump, and the area around it, about 1/4 ring is somewhat red. What does this sound like to you all? I'm thinking of going to the doctor tomorrow, but he's always full, so I'll go to one of those Med. Express places, but you have to pay up front there for the whole thing. Please, anyone …. any ideas what this is and could I cure it on my own?