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 Children Fever is defined as a rectal temperature over 100.4 F or 38 C. Fever isn't life-threatening unless it is persistently high -- greater than a 107 F rectal temperature. Fever is usually caused by an infection. Treatment focuses on controlling the temperature, preventing dehydration, and monitoring for serious illness.