Cat-scratch disease (also known as cat-scratch fever) is a bacterial infection that causes swelling and pain in the lymph nodes and loss of appetite. In most cases, it occurs after a scratch, bite, or lick from a cat or kitten.
Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. They can include fever, headache, and fatigue. They may not appear for several days after the bite or scratch and may last for several weeks.
Although cat-scratch disease usually goes away without treatment, antibiotics may be used to help with recovery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
If your child has swelling and pain in the lymph nodes:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Leslie A. Tengelsen, PhD, DVM - Epidemiology
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