Fear Of Rabies

Rabies is a dangerous virus, and it is highly recommended to take the vaccine within 24 hours after being bitten by an infected animal. If an infected animal licks open wounds or mucous membranes like eyes or mouth, it can transmit the virus. Also, if the animal licks its nails and scratches a person, it can spread the virus. A human cannot transmit the virus to another human. It is usually spread from an infected animal to animal either by biting or open wound contact with the saliva.

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Can you get rabies from scratch of a vaccinated dog?

Query: Hello doctor, My dog is up-to-date on its vaccinations. But accidentally, my dog scratched me a couple of days ago. The scratch was hard enough to break the skin and cause bleeding. Would I need rabies or tetanus shot for this? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Yes, it is advisable to get a rabies vaccine as prophylactic. Since bleeding was there, you might be contaminated. However, the chances of rabies infection are rare because your dog is vaccinated. But still, f...  Read Full »

Can serology test detect rabies?

Query: Hi doctor,I got a post-exposure rabies vaccine. I have extreme health anxiety. My mind says me that the nurse forgot my day 7 vaccine and only day 0, 3, 14 has been taken. To see whether I am fully protected, I got a serology test. But now I am afraid whether these results may be inaccurate. What ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your mind produces a symptom of an OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) spectrum disorder. Though you seem to be protected against rabies, vaccination schemes always have a safety buffer. Kindly take treatment for OCD soon.  Read Full »

Does the rabies virus spread by touching dog saliva?

Query: Hello doctor, I touched a puppy with my leg. Is there any possibility that the rabies-infected saliva from the puppy's hair gets transmitted to my pant? And I accidentally touch it with my fingers and rub it on my eyes and get myself infected with rabies?   Read Full »


Dr. Udaya Nath Sahoo

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your statement, there is no need for any vaccination because the virus does not spread by touching and is transmitted by blood and mucous membrane. Also, a dog infected by the rabies virus dies within 10 days after biting. In case of any other query, contact ...  Read Full »

Can I get rabies when dog saliva got into an unknown tiny cut?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an interaction with a stray dog, and it seemed fine, but I had some suspicion about it potentially having rabies. It did not bite or scratch me, but I worry that some small amount of saliva got into and I have some unknown tiny cut. The dog had a microchip and was later brought hom...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have a history of tiny scratches by a stray dog. Though the dog has an owner and its owner brought it, there is no vaccination history. Even if it is fully vaccinated, the dog has a history of the homeless a...  Read Full »

Can I have rabies even after getting vaccinated after dog bite?

Query: Hi doctor, I was bitten by a dog last year. The gate of the dog was wide open and when I passed near it, the dog bit me. It bit me on my right leg. After that, I rushed to the hospital for vaccination. The nurse injected something on the wound every time when I went to the hospital. They also injec...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You do not need to worry because you are safe and you do not have rabies. So please leave your fear. Usually, when the dog dies within two weeks we suspect that the dog can have rabies. But in your case, it has been nine months, and you got va...  Read Full »

How many shots do you need after a dog scratches you?

Query: Hi doctor, I was scratched by a stray dog as he got excited while I fed him, and his nail scratched my knee. The dog was calm and had no unusual behavior. I washed the scratch and went to the emergency room for an injection. Doctor gave Rabivax and said immunoglobulin is not required as the scratch...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should not be worried much because you have got vaccinated, even with immunoglobulin. Please observe the dog, and if nothing changes, you can be chill. And if you are very curious, you can get follow-up vaccines on days 3, 7, 14, and 28. And if you get any symptoms...  Read Full »

Is pulsating sensation after dog bite an initial symptom of rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been bitten by a stray dog on the left leg on March 10th. The next day I went to a nearby doctor and he advised me to take two doses of vaccine as I had taken three doses earlier before four years. There was no blood visible at the wound and I washed it in soapy water also for ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, yes this is not a symptom of rabies and it would have progressed by now if it was rabies. Also, since you are vaccinated and the dog is still alive, you are unlikely to get rabies. So, it is unlikely to be rabies and trust local doctors. Also, keep watch ov...  Read Full »

Can rabies virus survive outside host if exposed to sunlight?

Query: Hello doctor, Can rabies virus survive outside host on grass or leaves if it is exposed to sunlight?  Read Full »


Dr. Arun R Kaushik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, UV rays of the sun are known to kill the virus. So usually they do not survive outside the body when exposed to the sunlight.  Read Full »

Is rabies a contagious disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I was bitten by a dog 13 days ago. I took anti-rabies vaccine after 25 hours of the bite. I have taken three vaccines until now. I had oral sex with my wife and by mistake, I bit her at neck two days ago. Should she also receive the anti-rabies vaccine? The dog is still alive.  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Contact with someone who is receiving rabies vaccination does not constitute rabies exposure and does not require post-exposure prophylaxis. For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist  Read Full »

Are my sore throat, dry mouth, and fever due to rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, A dog tried to bite me on the road. I withdrew my hand fast and so it has teeth just grazed my skin. I thoroughly inspected my hand and there was no cuts or bleeding. I washed my hand after the incident and it has been one week since the episode. Yesterday, I started the rabies vaccin...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is unlikely to be rabies. I suggest having tablet Azithromycin 500 mg once a day along with some antacid like tablet Pantoprazole 40 mg before breakfast once a day for five days if this sore throat persists for more than three days. For now, I suggest Betadine ...  Read Full »

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