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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Cat Scratch Fever (Overview)

Infectious disease caused by the bacterium bartonella henselae. It is most commonly found in children following a scratch or bite from a cat after about one to two weeks after the scratch. Lymph gland swelling in neck and under the arms are common. The disease is self-limiting, and is usually treated without anti-biotics in normal children without immunological problems.


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How does cat scratch fever affect the body?

How does cat scratch fever affect the body?

Many ways: This is caused by a small bacteria which produces a small skin lesion at the site of the scratch in 1/2-3/4 of patients. Lymph nodes enlarge in the area closer to the body within about 10-14 days. At first these may be firm and tender, but then may break down and drain persistently. In some patients, particularly with impaired immune function it can affect the eye, liver, nervous system, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
47 doctors shared insights

Cat Scratch Fever (Overview)

Infectious disease caused by the bacterium bartonella henselae. It is most commonly found in children following a scratch or bite from a cat after about one to two weeks after the scratch. Lymph gland swelling in neck and under the arms are common. The disease is self-limiting, and is usually treated without anti-biotics in normal children without immunological problems.


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What are the symptoms of cat scratch fever?

What are the symptoms of cat scratch fever?

Fever: A few days after a cat scratch, you may develop fever, lymph node swelling, or even cellulitis. ...Read more

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Treating a Fever (Checklist)

Don't panic! Most fevers is uncomfortable, but harmless.
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Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
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Try cool compresses -- they may be soothing
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See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 for more than 2 days
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My cat scratched me and I think I might have cat scratch fever. How do I know?

My cat scratched me and I think I might have cat scratch fever. How do I know?

Blood test: A bacterium bartonella henselae is the cause, a blood test can detect antibodies to it dr ted butler. ...Read more

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Can cat scratch fever cause swollen lymph nodes with no other symptoms? Around barn cats at times and have a reg. Cat in the house.

Can cat scratch fever cause swollen lymph nodes with no other symptoms? Around barn cats at times and have a reg. Cat in the house.

That is most common: Single, large, mildly painful lymphnode is the most common presentation after the initial several small papules(zit-like) at the site-of-infection/innoculation, usually 1-3 wks later. Most of the cases resolve on their own without treatment in 2-12 month, but some have fever/fatigue, headache, anorexia, joint pain, and other rare/severe symptoms. Consult to make sure this is catscratch. Good luck. ...Read more

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Managing Hay Fever (Checklist)

Avoid heavy pollen areas
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Use air conditioners during pollen season
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If necessary, use a non-sedating antihistamine
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I wanted to know is cat scratch fever for real?

I wanted to know is cat scratch fever for real?

Yes: This is caused by a strain of bacteria that often thrives in the secretions of young kittens.It ends up in lymph nodes where it can cause conspicuous swelling.A variety of antibiotics can kill the germ but the treatment is often started too late to prevent some of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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What is cat scratch fever?

What is cat scratch fever?

Bartonella henselae: This is caused by a strain of bacteria that often thrives in the secretions of young kittens.It ends up in lymph nodes where it can cause conspicuous swelling.A variety of antibiotics can kill the germ but the treatment is often started too late to prevent some of the symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
44 doctors shared insights

Cat Scratch Disease (Definition)

An infection of the lymph nodes following a scratch or bite from a cat. ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more