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Can I go blind or sick from touching a stray cat and then my face?
angelpiece1234 posted:
So I live on a greek island and there are many stray cats here, I dont usually touch them because some of them live in bins but there is one cat here who I saw as a kitten and as far as I knoe it spends its days and nights eating at the restaurants, now its older and I noticed it looked pregnant so I was patting it and scratched its back and face. I then went and lightly washed my hands, but because Ive started to get dermatitis from the soap I didnt wash them thoroughly but a light soap and washing. I then touched my face some moments later and I think I touched my eye. can I get sick or go blind from touching a stray cat and then touching my face or eyes? I did wash my hands but im worried about under the nails and that.
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
Unlikely that you will get sick are acquire cat scratch fever from your contact with cats. In the very unlikely case you do get sick or if your eye(s) become red and inflamed, make sure you tell the doctor about your contact with cats.
angelpiece replied to Alan M Kozarsky, MD's response:
thank you

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