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.
Fever (in Adults) A fever is a body temperature of 100.4 F or greater. A fever may be caused by a virus, bacteria, fungus, blood clot, tumor, drug, or the environment. Treatment of fever in adults usually involves ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin.