Cat Scratch Disease
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Jean
Posted on: May 03, 2007

My friend found your site for me as I have been trying to find someone familiar with this disease which I have had for over 2 months. What I want to know is how can I tell if the Lymphs which have been swollen the size of a goose egg under my arm are going down because it is starting to get a red streak, spongy in spots and the whole thing is kinda dark in color like bruising. Before it was no color variation and all one hard mass. There are sharper pains toward the surface instead of a deap ache. Could this mean that its working its way out thru the skin?

Cat scratch disease, or cat scratch fever, is an infection that causes fever and swelling of the lymph glands.

I recommend that you consult with a medical doctor about your condition because of the length of time you have had the infection and because of the changes at the site of swelling. Failure to do so could result in systemic infection.

Thomas Bartram, in "Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, (available at Richters) recommends Echinacea and vitamin C to support the immune system in fighting the infection, and a lymphatic herb to clear the lymph nodes. Red clover flower and clivers (Galium aparine) can be used as lymphatic tonics. A good health food store should have a lymphatic tonic in tincture or capsule form.

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