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 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 »

Is it possible to get rabies from a dog bite or scratch?

Query: Hello doctor,1. How long does the rabies virus stay on the human wound caused by a dog bite or scratch? 2. Does it lose infectivity on the wound, 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 »

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. Lokesh

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 »

Can I get rabies just by a dog's lick?

Query: Hello doctor, Last night my friend's dog licked my hand and I ate food with that hand without washing it. The problem is that I also have a bleeding gum. Am I at a risk to contract any infections or diseases specifically rabies? Kindly advice as I am a little apprehensive.  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rabies virus is found in the saliva of the infected dogs (not all dogs). Infection can be transmitted through biting of infected dogs where saliva directly reaches our blood. So theoretically you can be infected but in reality, there are very few cases that infecti...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about rabies if a vaccinated pet dog caught my thigh, despite no visible wounds or scratches?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a bothersome encounter with a vaccinated pet dog 45 days ago. The dog caught on my thigh, and I was wearing jeans; I cross-checked if the jeans were torn and checked for any scratches or wounds. But there was no wounds or scratch. However, I visited a physician, and he mentioned sin...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. No need to worry about rabies and you do not have to take any vaccinations. Nothing will happen. So do not worry. I hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Thanks and regards.  Read Full »

Can rabies get transmitted to my son if an area scratched by my dog on my body comes in contact with his tears?

Query: Hello doctor, I got scratched by a dog, but I do not need a vaccine as I got a rabies vaccine booster dose 7 to 8 days before the incident. Is it possible to get the rabies virus into my son's eye if my wound (caused by the dog) comes in contact with my son's eyes after 24 hours of a dog bite or scr...  Read Full »

Dr. Dr Vinay Dange

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Rabies virus is transmitted through direct contact (such as through broken skin or mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth) with infectious tissue or fluids. Infectious tissues include tears, nervous tissue, saliva, and respiratory tract fluids. Blood, urine, and ...  Read Full »

Can I get rabies from patting a stray cat?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible to get rabies from patting a stray cat and then eating without washing hands? The cat's fur was not moist or wet nor was the cat being aggressive. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.No. Rabies does not spread that way. There is absolutely no chance to get rabies that way. Generally, it is the bite from a rabid dog or a cat that causes rabies since rabies virus is present in saliva.   Read Full »

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