Cat Scratch Disease

Cat scratch disease is known as subacute regional lymphadenitis, and cat scratch fever is a bacterial infection that cats spread. The disease usually spreads when an infected cat licks a person's open wound or scratches or bites. This disease is caused by the bacteria Bartonella henselae. There will be an infection of the lymph nodes following a bite or scratch from the cat.

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What is the reason for headache, weakness, and stomach ache after a cat scratched me?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old girl. This week, I bought two kittens and a dog. I took good care of them and cleaned them thrice a day. One of my kittens scratched me a bit, but I cleaned the scratch with soap and alcohol. It has been six days and the scratch is gone. But, I feel very weak late...  Read Full »

Dr. Ehsan Samarbafzadeh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems like you most probably do have a cat scratch disease. The symptoms usually appear a few days after the cat scratches or bites. The typical symptoms are fever, tiredness, and also a lymph node enlargement, although not all of them might appear in every patient....  Read Full »

My 19-year-old daughter does not have improvement after cat scratch fever. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My girl is 19. She has cat scratch fever for three months and does not seem to be getting better. Why?  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi,Welcome to there is no improvement in a disease for the past three months, then the primary concern should be the resistance to the treatment used.Bartonella group of organisms causes cat scratch disease. They are more prone to systemic complications.They are atypical bacteria with...  Read Full »

Can cat scratch be the reason for my dizziness and fatigue?

Query: Hi doctor,I am currently on sick leave from work because I feel very weak, tired, and I just wanted to take a rest. I have been scratched by a cat last week and had my antirabies shot and tetanus vaccine. I do not know if what I feel is connected to my vaccination, or is this only in my mind. What s...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Let me help you to my best, albeit remotely. I have noted that you already had your vaccination to protect you. So that is taken care of. There are multiple reasons why someone should feel tired and weak. Since how long have you been feelin...  Read Full »

Do I need to take the rabies vaccine if a dog's teeth or tongue touched my finger?

Query: Hello doctor, When I was feeding a wild dog, accidentally, the dog's teeth touched my fingers, maybe the tongue also touched my fingers. I returned to my home and cleaned my hands with running water, soap, and handwash. And then, I applied Suthol and Boroline. Though there is no bleeding, should I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If there is no bleeding or injury mark, then no need for a vaccine. Suppose it was a simple lick or the teeth just touched, then no need to worry. Just follow the dog for 14 days. If he does not run away, then everything will be fine. Please send a picture of your finge...  Read Full »

Can rabies spread by sharing a drink?

Query: Hello doctor,My roommate was scratched very lightly by a stray cat the other day. Then a couple of days later, I shared a drink with her. Could I get rabies?  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rabies does not get transmitted by drinking. It is transmitted by a direct bite or scratch from an infected animal. Rest assured that eating or drinking does not transmit rabies. For more information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://icliniq...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to give vaccination to my baby for a cat scratch?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 22 months old. Yesterday, a cat scratched his toe. But my child does not have a wound or blood there. Do I have to give vaccination to my baby?  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kumar Modi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A cat has scratched your child, and it has not caused any barrier disruption or wound or bleeding. But still, it is advisable to clean the area with running water and soap. Apply some antiseptic in the area. Rabies is generally transmitted by animal saliva when it comes...  Read Full »

My foot is swollen after being scratched by cat. Am I infected with rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, I was scratched by a cat in my left foot and a little blood went out. It was like three or four days until now, when I noticed that my left foot is a little swollen. Am I already infected by rabies?  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Because of the dog bite, inflammation can develop and in inflammation swelling can occur and pain also can be there. The incubation period for rabies is two weeks. So, you are not having rabies but to prevent it if you are not vaccinated then get rabies vaccine beca...  Read Full »

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