Rabies is a viral infection, which spreads to human if an infected animal like a dog bites you. When the virus enters our body, it reaches the brain through the peripheral nervous system, where it causes inflammation of the brain. This inflammation can result in coma and death.

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I had consumed cat-licked food and took five doses of the antirabies vaccine in the same month. Should I still take the vaccine?

Query: Hello Doctor, I had eaten cat-licked food. It is necessary to take the anti-rabies vaccine if taken in five doses in the same month and two booster doses after six months.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rabies is spread by contact with the saliva of the infected animal. Bites are the most common form of rabies transmission, but when saliva reaches any open wound or mucus membrane, the virus may be transmitted. Theoretically, there is a very rare possibility of such ...  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 »

Will rabies vaccination cause future health issues for my 9 year old son?

Query: Hi doctor,My 9 year old son was licked by a stray dog. I was not sure what happened, but I took him to the doctor and got him injected. Would the injection cause him some future health issues?  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, the injection will not cause any issues in the future. Rabies Vaccination Injection is given at the 0, 3, 7, 14, and 21 days of the bite, but consult your nearest doctor and get the vaccine from that doctor. This vaccine should be taken if there is a dog bite or if t...  Read Full »

Is vaccination needed for a non-rabies dog bite?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 3 years old and has been bitten by a pet dog. The dog would not bite if not touched. It has been in our home for 10 years. It stays always at home. The dog does not have rabies. The dog is a Pomeranian breed.  The wound is not very deep but a slight cut on the upper ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Any bite from a dog needs a vaccination for rabies. If the cut is not very deep, it will fall under grade 1 of dog bites and it will definitely need antirabies vaccination and tetanus vaccination. In grade 1 bites, antirabies immunoglobin is not needed but vacci...  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 »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

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 »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

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 »

Does my kid need rabies vaccine if a stray dog licked his hand?

Query: Hello doctor, A stray dog came near my 3 years and eight months old toddler. Its mouth was very near his hand. I do not know if it licked his hand or not but I just got worried. He has no open bleeding wound but yes mosquito bite sites and many minute abrasions because of playing. In the last two ye...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Just licking on unbroken skin comes under category-1 exposure. Here no vaccination is needed. But if licking was on abraded skin then better to get vaccinated. If you are not sure about licking on the abraded skin and if dog not traceable than better to get vaccinate...  Read Full »

A three-month-old puppy bit me while playing. I have already taken the rabies vaccine. Is there any possibility of getting rabies?

Query: Hello doctor,Can a puppy of three months have fine teeth that there is no mark on the skin if it pricks us, and we are at risk of rabies? I am asking this because a puppy comes to my house to play. While playing, I felt his tooth pricked on my thumb. But when I looked at my thumb, there was neither ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern in detail and will surely help you out. Your previous vaccine is good enough and will save you from rabies. Once you take the rabies vaccine total dose, it is effective for the next five years. There is no need to repeat the vaccine even if you...  Read Full »

A healthy dog scratched my leg. Do I have to worry about rabies?

Query: Hello doctor,Yesterday, my dog who is around two months accidentally scratched my leg. The scratch is negligible but I lost half a drop of blood. The dog looks healthy and has not been bitten by other dogs. He has not been given antirabies injection because my vet told us he is too young to get one....  Read Full »

Dr. Md. Kais Haider Chowdhury

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If a dog scratches or bites you, you need to have a vaccine. As you have a history of exposure (bites or scratches), then it is better to get the vaccine for post-exposure treatment. Post-exposure treatment consists of five injections by intramuscular route on day 0,...  Read Full »

I had a mild scratch from a street dog. Is there a chance of rabies infection?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a mild scratch from a street dog. Is there a chance of getting affected with rabies?Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you will require vaccination. Consult your nearest doctor and get the vaccine from that doctor. Injection of anti-rabies vaccine at 0, 3, 7, 14, and the 21st day of the bite is recommended. I suggest you follow these measures. 1. Wash the wound under running ta...  Read Full »

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