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Are children at greater risk for cat scratch disease?

Children are more often affected by cat scratch disease (CSD) than adults. It is thought that they get CSD more often because they are more likely to play with cats and sustain a scratch that they do not clean properly. If your child acquires a scratch or bite from a cat, be sure to clean it thoroughly with soap and water to avoid infection. If your child has CSD and is experiencing painful lymph nodes as a result, give him an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen and use warm compresses to ease the swelling.

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