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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I got two extra booster doses due to the fear of rabies but now have constipation, cramping, and severe neck and back pain. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have a history of receiving rabies vaccine seven months back (3 doses) and four months back (2 booster doses). Last month, I was scratched by a cat's paws, but the scratch was superficial and without bleeding (I did not see blood in the scratch, and only the skin of my hand was scra... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. You are having sufficient antibodies against rabies so do not worry. Your current symptoms that you mentioned (backache, neck pain, shoulder pain), are these musculoskeletal pain that can arise due to lack of exercise ... Read Full »
Is a man considered safe if he receives vaccination for rabies eight months after a dog bite and completes all doses?
Query: Hi doctor, I would like to know if a man is considered safe if he receives a vaccination for rabies after eight months of a dog bite and completes all doses. Also, if the virus has already entered the spinal cord and was on its way to the brain (but did not make it), will the vaccine still kill the ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If your dog is still alive and healthy eight months after the scratch, there is no need for therapy. The dog would have perished by now if it had been infected with rabies (a deadly virus spread to people from the saliva of infected animals)... Read Full »
I have started experiencing a headache and a mild fever after a cat scratch two weeks ago. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I received three doses of rabies vaccine one year ago and another two doses of booster vaccine three months after the main vaccine. Two weeks ago, a cat scratched my thumb, but there was no blood in the cut, which was only the size of a dot. Three weeks later, I have started a mild fever ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, There is no need to worry, If you have taken rabies vaccine. Also your symptoms are of viral flu only. Rabies symptoms includes fear of water, altered sensorium and, angry behavior along with fever. Please follow up for further assistances. ... Read Full »
Is it possible to get infected from a small cut on my foot and wear shoes exposed to dog saliva?
Query: Hello doctor, I completed five doses of the rabies vaccine four months ago. In the same month, I had additional two doses. I live in an apartment where one stray dog always comes and sleeps outside my apartment. It also tore some of my shoes before. All shoes were kept under a sunshade outside. Las... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.I have read your query. You mentioned wearing one of your shoes, which was kept under a sunshade outside, which means saliva would have dried out completely in case it contained saliva (remember you do not know the rabid status of the dog yet it is just an assumption). ... Read Full »
A stray dog licked me on my right leg for which I got rabies shots on my buttocks. Are the shots effective on the buttocks?
Query: Hello doctor, A stray dog licked me on my right leg a few months ago. I consulted a doctor who suggested vaccine shots. But, he gave the rabies shots on my buttocks. Are they effective on the buttocks, or am I still at risk? Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. The rabies vaccination should be given to the deltoid muscle area in the arm. Injection in the anterolateral thigh is given if the arm is not fit for injection and in children. The efficacy is lesser and often i... Read Full »
I observed scratches on my hand after waking up, but I do not have any pain or swelling. Can these be rat bites?
Query: Hello doctor, When I got up from sleep today, I found two scratches and small wounds on my right hand. I am not sure, but I may have scratched myself in my sleep. I suspect a rat had bit or scratched me while I was asleep. I have attached two images of my hand. Please see them and let me know if it ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. I looked at the images you attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). And they are not rat bites. No need to worry about it. You do not need to take any vaccine. I hope this has helped you o... Read Full »
My hair was dried with a cloth licked by a street dog, and I had a small scratch with a blade on my head. Do I need to take a rabies vaccine?
Query: Hello doctor, Today I had a haircut in the saloon. First, my hair was washed, then they used clothes for hair drying, which may have been licked by a street dog because these dogs were present there. After the haircut, I had a small scratch with a blade on my head that I washed with shampoo. Shoul... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need not have to worry about contracting rabies. The street dogs may not be rabid. However, if possible, you may watch the street dogs, signs and symptoms of rabies, or let a veterinarian check if the dog is identified. Rabies spreads by bites, scratches, and lic... Read Full »
My rabies-affected dog licked my legs, and I do not know whether it licked the wounded portion. Should I go for vaccination?
Query: Hi doctor, My dog has been affected by rabies, and the symptoms started yesterday. I got licked on my legs, but I do not know whether it licked the wounded portion. So, should I go for vaccination or not? Last year I took an anti-rabies vaccination. Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your query, and here is my suggestion. You have already been vaccinated for rabies. You can check your antibody titer against rabies to check whether your vaccination was effective or not. In an already immunized person, it is advisable to take two mor... Read Full »
Is it possible to get rabies from a dog bite or scratch?
Query: Hello doctor,1. How long does the rabies virus stay in the human wound caused by a dog bite or scratch?2. Does the infection in the wound goes away, similar to any inanimate object? Or it remains infectious for longer?Please explain.Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I read your query and understand your concern.There has been no documented case of wound-to-wound transmission of the rabies virus. It is transmitted from the bite of a rabid animal and, in rare cases, through organ transplantation. Coming to your question, it can be ass... Read Full »
I was living in the region of rabid dogs. Are there any chances of me getting rabies?
Query: Hello doctor, I recently went to scout camp for three days and had to sit on the floor. I also had to reuse my uniform (three times), and the toilet was filthy and unclean. I also only bathed once on the second day, about 20 minutes after the swimming activity (more info in the last line). The cloth... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and I can understand your concern. Kindly do not worry so much. If you are worried about contracting rabies, please note that unless you come in contact directly with a rabid dog by bites and or scratches, preferably leading to bleeding, you need ... Read Full »