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How is cat-scratch disease treated?

The symptoms of cat scratch disease (CSD) like swollen lymph nodes or a minor rash will usually go away on their own within 2 to 4 months. However, if you suffer from a weakened immune system or your symptoms are very bothersome, you may want to seek treatment. In some cases, a lymph node may become too large and the doctor may want to drain the fluid from it. For someone with a weakened immune system or bothersome symptoms, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic like azithromycin.

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