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Cat Scratch Disease (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

CSD is often treated at home without antibiotics; the disease, in most cases, is self-limiting and rarely results in any complications in healthy people. Wash any cat scratches on the skin with soap and water and take measures to remove fleas from cats. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) may be taken for control of pain and fever; swollen lymph nodes can be treated with warm compresses. Immunosuppressed patients (for example, those with HIV or cancer) should not attempt any self-care; they should contact their physician immediately. Most physicians suggest seeing a doctor if a person develops swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, and fatigue.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/13/2015

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