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I had a collision with my cat this morning when she leaped up on the bed. I reached my hand out to pet her and collided with her full-force jump. I ended up with a very painful and eventually swollen back of my hand. I've been in a lot of pain today and cannot use that hand without feeling excruciating pain. I've been icing it frequently today and took Tylenol for the pain. The swelling migrated down to one side of my wrist. Should I seek medical help or is what I'm doing sufficient?

Yes, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Any hand injury should be evaluated and X-rayed. If you sustained a cat scratch, you are also at risk for a serious infection.

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September 24, 2018 at 11:49am