Patient Comments: Cat Scratch Disease - Experience


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

My cat plotted an attack and later scratched my ankle and shin. I cleaned my leg immediately but the next day my lower leg was so swollen, shiny red, and the claw marks looked worse. My body said there’s foreign matter inside my leg and it must be removed now! I used sharp tweezers to dig in each lesion to remove whatever I could to extract the bacteria and washing/ flushing each excavation with peroxide and alcohol. It worked. But tiny bits remain in my leg and sometimes cat scratch disease returns and I feel sick.

Comment from: Concerned, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I visited the kittens at the animal shelter. We got to hold 2. One bit my hand and pinky and scratched in kitten playfulness. Two days later my pinky itched and swelled like a balloon from the cat scratch. I went to the doctor and got antibiotics. I have been taking them, and now my elbow has been hurting a lot. I narrowed it down to just above the elbow in the bend and in the muscle/fat. I think it may be a swollen lymph node. Research shows swollen glands near the bite are common. I might go in again soon.

Comment from: karina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

I was gouged on my thumb by my mother's cat trying to put her in the kitty carrier for a vet visit. I was bleeding profusely, so I ran water over the wound, peroxide, and dressed it with Neosporin and gauze. Two days later, my hand swelled like a balloon, and I was in the emergency room. Intravenous antibiotics were given and I was sent home with 10 days of two antibiotics. Two weeks later, my thumb aches, and I have a lump on the joint.

Comment from: marise, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had cat scratch disease when I was in my 20s. A kitten scratched my foot and it swelled 3 times its normal size to the point of breaking the skin. I never had another problem till last night, at the age of 61, when my older cat poked me with his nail on my arm. The arm is discolored, swollen, and very painful to the touch. Calling doctor this morning.

Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I was diagnosed with cat scratch disease in 2003. They said it was dormant in my body since I was a kid and I had lots of cats. It could have been caused by a flea. I had meningitis and encephalitis. I was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) in 2008 and now they're saying that the bartonella disease did all the damage that I have.

Comment from: Simran, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I’m 19 and I have been bulimic since the past 8 to 10 months. I was quite overweight and people around me made this worse by constantly nagging about it. I would eat and purge within a few minutes. To be honest, I still cannot get over it because recently I’ve gained a lot of weight and I feel so bad about it, and on top of it whenever I eat I feel as if I’m going to get extra fat on my belly which I already have, but this constant thought makes it worse. I have quit exercising and I constantly binge and purge now. I can’t help it.

Comment from: Callie, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 22

The urgent care facility called CPS (counselling and psychological services) on me, due to them not believing me and the cat scratches being less evident underneath her festering blister things on her right hand.

Comment from: GreenElbow, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

My doctor said my cat scratch disease was caused from cats who were full of fleas. Consequently, the biting and chewing of the fleas causes cats to get flea blood in their system. When the cat bites or scratches it spread the disease to humans. I've had it twice, once as a kid, once as an adult. I just remember feeling really sick, but ran a low grade fever. Antibiotics helped the second time, but I had penicillin shots as a kid, because that's all we had at the time.

Comment from: catbitten, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I showed none of the typical symptoms of cat scratch disease like swollen lymph, fatigue, fever, etc. However I did get these extremely itchy rashes, exanthem I"m told, all over my body. I have had no prior history of any kind of allergies whatsoever.

Comment from: kitty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I was diagnosed with cat scratch fever through blood work. I had very painful enlarged lymph nodes under the arm a couple of weeks after the kitten scratched my arm. The first sign was a sore on my upper arm. Eight years later these nodes still cause tenderness.


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Comment from: judyd, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I accidently trod on the cat, she wrapped her paws around my legs digging in her claws until I raised my foot. There were two punctures on my ankle, which after a couple of weeks are now the size of a 1 pence. I can see there is an infection there although the wound is dry and not weeping. After reading about results of cat’s claws and bites and seeing mine hasn’t improved I'm getting rather concerned about cat scratch fever disease.


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