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.
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine & Charles M. Myer III, MD - Pediatrics, Otolaryngology & Leslie A. Tengelsen, PhD, DVM - Epidemiology