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Cat Scratch Disease


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Comment from: Shadow, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 28

I woke up in the morning and I felt some uneasiness in the left lower leg. I discovered that there were blisters filled with clear fluid and the area surrounding these blisters was reddened and slightly swollen. This might be from cat scratch disease because I have a kitten and the kitten a few days back when trying to bite my leg scratched it instead while I pulled my leg away from the kitten.

Comment from: Marsha , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I developed infection in the finger that was clawed by the cat. It does not heal even with antibiotics; very painful. Now I have an unusual urinary tract infection. I am in my third month of misery from cat scratch disease.

Comment from: Janet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I had cat scratch disease (CSD) as a kid. I had sore achy joints. As an adult I have it again with sore achy joints and stomach along with vomiting. Doctors think I'm joking when I say CSD. I have been suffering six weeks now. I have one replacement so my immune system is not normal but my doctors, emergency room, primary care, orthopedic surgeon, and prompt care don't care. My symptoms of cat scratch disease are vomiting, sore swollen joints, and swollen legs (site of scratches). The scratches are 6 weeks old and haven't healed. I have abdominal cramping, extreme fatigue and depressive thoughts leading to suicidal thoughts. No one will help me. Antibiotics aren't working.

Comment from: Rita, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 17

I am working with a cat rescue, and fostering cats leaves me in constant contact with cats. I went to the doctor the first time I got this rash and she verified my diagnosis, cat scratch fever. Not much to do except to use calamine and let it run its course. It lasts a month to 6 weeks and forms half-circle pustules all over my body. It itches something terrible. And then it is over. And the cat is over it in about the same time. But this is my second time, so much for building up resistance.

Comment from: rick, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I got two long cat scratches along the right eye and eyebrow. On the eyelid itself, there seems to be a pus pocket. I am not sure if it is related but I have been cramping in various places; I have drunk plenty of water with no help.

Comment from: tmcoyle60, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I have been experiencing severe pain in my groin with cat scratch disease. The emergency room found that my lymph node was huge; possibly the cause of the pain. I have also been experiencing muscle weakness, mild fever, chills at night, and weird sores in my mouth. I wanted to read other patients' stories because I am having trouble getting a diagnosis. I can't live with the leg pain. It hurts so much when I try to sit or stand I have to lower myself while leaning on something or someone. It is very hard for me to get up from a seated position.


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