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How can I distinguish that I was bitten by a bat or not?


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Published At June 6, 2019
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I think I was bitten by a bat, so I wanted to know how to know that if I was really bitten by a bat. I did not felt anything at that time but some itching after that. I am not sure that I was bitten by a bat, so I wanted to know how do we feel when bitten by a bat. Also I saw that the thing which landed on my neck was small but had small wings that looked like a bat. I was asking ways to distinguish that I was bitten by a bat or not.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

If a bat bite there will be bite marks, usually superficial.

1)Early symptoms are fever, headache, and general malaise.

2) If the disease progresses, there will be neurological symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, confusion, agitation, difficulty in swallowing, hallucinations, excessive salivation, paralysis, hydrophobia (fear of water), or agitated behavior.

If you still have doubt better go for vaccination ARV (anti-rabies vaccine).

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. C. Elanchezhian
Dr. C. Elanchezhian

General Medicine

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