Cat Scratch Disease Topic Guide
Cat Scratch Disease: Cat scratch disease (CSD or cat scratch fever) is a syndrome caused by the Bartonella henselae bacteria, which is transmitted via a cat scratch, lick, or bite. Symptoms and signs include swollen lymph nodes, fever, and papules or pustules near where the cat scratched, bit, or licked. Pain and fever may be treated with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and warm compresses may help to reduce the pain of swollen lymph nodes.
Antibiotics Antibiotics are prescribed to individuals to cure disease by killing bacteria. There are over 100 antibiotics. The main classes of antibiotics include penicillins, cephalosporins, macrolides, flouroquinolones, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, and aminoglycosides. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem due to the overprescription of antibiotics to individuals.