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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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. M. Hytham Beck
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)

Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
Daily
Try cool compresses, as they may be soothing
Daily
See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 degrees fahrenheit for more than 2 days
Daily
See your doctor if your fever is higher than 104 degrees fahrenheit
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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 medications as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
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

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How do you cure cat scratch fever?

How do you cure cat scratch fever?

With antibiotics: See your primary care physician. They will probably do some blood tests to confirm the diagnosis and prescribe antibiotics. ...Read more

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Living with Addison's Disease (Checklist)

Wear a medic alert
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Take additional hydrocortisone/prednisone for fever or injury
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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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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

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What is the medical name for cat scratch fever?

What is the medical name for cat scratch fever?

Bartonella henselae: Cat Scratch Disease is caused by a bacteria called Bartonella henselae. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure that your risk factors, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, are addressed
Once
Inspect your feet daily, and call your medical doctor if you experience any wounds
Daily
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What is the medical name for cat scratch fever?

Bartonella henselae: Cat Scratch Disease is caused by a bacteria called Bartonella henselae. ...Read more

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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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What will happen to you when you get cat-scratch fever?

What will happen to you when you get cat-scratch fever?

Cat Scratch Fever: Cat Scratch Disease sx's: fever, headache, fatigue, v appetite & swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
daily
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Will cat scratch fever go away without taking medicine?

Will cat scratch fever go away without taking medicine?

Yes, if mild: Generally, cat scratch disease is not serious. Medical treatment is not usually needed. When it is severe, then antibiotics like Azithromycin can be helpful. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have cat scratch fever if no cat?

Is it possible for me to have cat scratch fever if no cat?

Yes: The organism can occasionally be transmitted from dogs, but this is very unusual. Other animals may also be carriers. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
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What is the definition or description of: cat scratch fever?

What is the definition or description of: cat scratch fever?

Bacterial infection: 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. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Checklist)

Don't miss appointments with your doctor
Once
Go to lab appointments as necessary
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Keep your oxygen levels up by maintaining a healthy weight
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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
45 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