Cat-scratch disease (also commonly known as cat-scratch fever) is a bacterial infection that causes swelling and pain in the lymph nodes and loss of appetite. In most cases, it occurs after a scratch, bite, or lick from a cat or kitten.
Symptoms can vary from mild to severe, may not appear for several days after the bite or scratch, and may last for several weeks.
Although cat-scratch disease usually goes away without treatment, antibiotics are often used to speed recovery.
Current as of: July 1, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine & Charles M. Myer III MD - Otolaryngology & Leslie Tengelsen PhD, DVM - Zoonotic Disease