Cat scratch disease

  • Bacterial infection that may affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include painful swollen glands, fever and a sore on the skin at the site of injury
  • Caused most often by a bacterium which is common in the fall or early winter months
  • Spread to humans commonly by a scratch, bite or contact with saliva from the infected cat
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in children and adolescents
  • May be mild to more severe in those with a weakened immune system

FOR FEVER

Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits

Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)

Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

Acetaminophen

Ibuprofen

Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

FOR PAIN

Apply hot or cold packs to the area

Relaxation techniques

Distraction

Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

Acetaminophen

Ibuprofen

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