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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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A dog licked a blister on my toe. Should I be worried?

Query: Hi doctor,Today, I fed a stray dog near the hotel I was staying at. A dog then came and licked an area of my toe where there was a blister nearby. Should I be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The probable diagnosis is dog lick. Consult a local doctor to confirm the same. If the blister is closed, then you will not require vaccination. But if the blister is open, then you should take vaccination as the mucous membrane is exposed. ...  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 Kaushik. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

Kindly address my concerns related to rabies anxiety.

Query: Hello doctor,I came here for a second opinion and to get answers to some questions. I spoke to a doctor of general medicine today for my rabies anxiety. The incidents were as follows. Four years ago, a German shepherd of my friend scratched my hand. The dog died one and a half years after he bit me....  Read Full »

Dr. Satpute Ganeshkumar Suresh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Here are your answers: 1. Even if there is no history in your locality, any dog can get infected with rabies. You need to follow the dog who had bitten you for ten days. If it is alive after ten days, then he was not rabid. If you cannot identify that dog or cannot ...  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 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 »

When I visited my friend, a dog sniffed and licked my feet. Am I at rabies risk?

Query: Hello doctor,I visited my friend's house, and while I was talking to him, his dog came and sniffed my leg and touched my feet with his mouth. Should I take a vaccine for anti-rabies? Though the dog did not bite me, I am anxious about getting rabies or infection. Kindly suggest if I am at risk.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Rabies is caused by bites and scratches, and there are recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) rabies vaccine. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), rabies exposure categories are: Category I: Touching or feedi...  Read Full »

What happens if my child gets rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a mother of a 10-year-old boy. I want to know if rabies is a serious disease. So what are the symptoms we should be watchful for and how to prevent them?Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. 1. Rabies is a life-threatening disease. Yes, it can usually end up in loss of life if appropriate measures are not taken post-bite. 2. Common symptoms of rabies are fear of water (hydrophobia) and obtundation (severe lethargy). However, ...  Read Full »

Will the antirabies vaccine work if taken after 13 days?

Query: Hello doctor,I had taken two antirabies shots ten and three months back for a dog bite. A shrew that had entered the house bit me on my back two weeks back. There was no bleeding even on applying pressure on the area, but the next day I noticed a small clot on my back like the one we have after a sc...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rabies vaccination should ideally be started on day 0. But, you have not developed any symptoms. So, it is not late to start vaccination now. You should complete the five-injection rabies schedule. Since it was a category-2 exposure, the immunoglobulin is not requir...  Read Full »

My foot is swollen after being scratched by cat. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I was scratched by a cat in my left foot and a little blood went out. It was like three or four days until now, when I noticed that my left foot is a little swollen. Am I already infected by rabies?  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Because of the dog bite, inflammation can develop and in inflammation swelling can occur and pain also can be there. The incubation period for rabies is two weeks. So, you are not having rabies but to prevent it if you are not vaccinated then get rabies vaccine because...  Read Full »

We have a new pet dog. Should we vaccinate for rabies?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 37-year-old woman. We bought a new pet dog. It is just 6 months old. I have 2 kids at home along with my husband. My kids are 12 and 10 years old. Should we all get ourselves vaccinated for rabies? Or is it important to vaccinate the dog first? I have small children, and I am really...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. It is important to get the dog vaccinated first. You do not need to be vaccinated unless the dog bites you. If the dog is fully vaccinated, then kids and you can play with the dog with no issues at all. If the dog is n...  Read Full »

My pet dog bit me a week ago and it died two days back to an infection. Do I have rabies?

Query: Hi doctor, What is the possibility of rabies if a 2-month-old unvaccinated dog that bit me dies of parvovirus infection within a week after the bite? My 2-month-old pup bit me by mistake while playing with other puppies. After two days, I found my dog sick, often vomiting, and it was not eating. I t...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. The chances of you acquiring rabies are impossible. I will state the reasons. 1. The dog was your pet. Pet dogs rarely acquire rabies if they have been exposed to rabid dogs. 2. It has been...  Read Full »

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