Description of Cat scratch fever
A mild fever of viral origin resulting in swelling of the lymph glands.
Persons most commonly affected by Cat scratch fever - all age groups and both sexes.
Organ or part of body involved in Cat scratch fever - skin and lymph glands.
Symptoms and indications of Cat scratch fever
Swelling and slight infection at the site of a skin puncture. Slight swelling of lymph glands that usually subsides within a few days. Mild feverishness, discomfort and headache. It is advisable to consult a doctor if these symptoms are present.
Treatment of Cat scratch fever
Involves rest until the symptoms subside and the person feels better and drinking plenty of fluids. Medication is usually not necessary as the infection is caused by a virus. Occasionally, an abscess may develop at the site of the wound, requiring further treatment. Complete recovery usually takes about one or two weeks.
Causes and risk factors of Cat scratch fever
The cause of the infection is a virus that enters the body following a scratch from a cat, thorn or splinter or other minor injury. In fact, a scratch from a cat is responsible for only about half the cases of cat scratch fever.