Cat scratch disease (CDS) and cat scratch (CD) are often referred to as the same disease, but the terms can be misleading.
A person with CDS has chronic pain, and is more likely to have symptoms of a different illness, like cat scratch, than a person with CD.
The best way to identify whether a person has CDS or CD is to take a simple, physical exam, according to the Mayo Clinic.
People with CDPH can also have mild symptoms of cat scratch infection.
The Mayo Clinic recommends that people with CDRH, but without a history of cat scratching, wear gloves when handling pets and wash their hands thoroughly.
Symptoms of CD can be different depending on the severity of symptoms.
A chronic cat scratch or cat scratch fever can be a sign of CDS, while someone with a cat scratch allergy or a history the same could be infected with CD-1.
Symptoms can be severe, such as a burning or blistered rash, if a cat scratches on the skin of the face, neck, or other body parts.
These symptoms may include a red, swollen, or peeling rash on the palms or soles of the hands.
These rash symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to weeks.
If the rash is accompanied by a fever of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38.4 Celsius), or the person has any of the following symptoms: a sudden loss of appetite or weight gain, a cough, or a runny nose; vomiting, diarrhea, or diarrhea-like symptoms; or a rash that looks like a swollen red rash or peels from the skin.
Symptoms also can include: a burning sensation on the outside of the hand or feet that is difficult to see or feel; a red or swollen rash that has a raised appearance on the hand, feet, or legs; or burning or prickling pain in the area.
People who are allergic to cats or other animals may also have symptoms.
The symptoms of CCD are similar to those of CD, but people with CD may experience itching and itching and burning sensations that are not related to the cat scratching.
The severity of the symptoms of CD and CDS vary, and it is difficult for doctors to tell a person from a person who is in remission from a cat itch infection.
CDS can cause pain and stiffness in the affected area.
It may also make the affected areas sore or red, and may cause a redness or swelling of the skin around the affected wound.
CCD and CD are often confused with each other, but they are actually two different conditions.
People can have both CDS and CD.
Symptoms associated with both CDP and CD can include the following: a rash on or near the affected skin or mucous membranes, or in the mucous membrane surrounding the affected part or body part; burning, itching, and prickling sensation in the upper arm or shoulder area, or the groin area; redness, swelling, or tenderness in the hands or feet; a swollen or peaking rash that is hard to see and feels like a sore, red rash on one side of the body or the other; or itching or burning sensation in or around the body where the itch was first diagnosed.
Symptoms related to CDS are not contagious, but some people who are sensitive to cats may develop symptoms of it.
CD, on the other hand, is contagious and can cause a variety of symptoms, including fever, rash, and a painful red rash.
While the symptoms associated with CCD overlap, CDS is more common in people who have never been exposed to cats, and the severity and frequency of symptoms may vary depending on a person’s age, gender, race, and ethnicity.
For more information, see “What is cat scratch?”