If you are bitten by an animal, go to emergency room as soon as possible. Your doctor will decide what treatments you should receive based on your injuries and even if you are not sure if you are bitten or not.
Streptococcus pyogenes is the bacteria responsible for strep throat. It is highly contagious and spread through air droplets, through shared foods and by infected objects.
Rabies virus is the cause of rabies infection by spreading the saliva of the infected animals to a person or by biting other animals.
Sometimes if the infected saliva gets into an open wound or eyes or mouth, the rabies will spread but it is a rare case.
The animals that are the most common to transmit the rabies virus include:
4 Making a Diagnosis
There is no way to know if the animal that bit you has transmitted the rabies to you so your doctor will recommend treatment after diagnosing you.
Go to the hospital once an animal bite you so your doctor can observe it.
Your doctor will ask:
What animal bit you?
Is it your pet or a wild animal?
Can you describe the animal’s behavior after it bit you?
Where you able to kill it or capture it?
What you can do while waiting is to wash your wounds gently with soap and water because it might be possible to wash away the virus.
Do not shot or blow the animal on the head because laboratory tests will be difficult to perform.
There is no specific treatment for rabies. This is life threatening but some people survived rabies infection.
Your doctor will recommend series of shots to prevent the infection from spreading. Your doctor will assume that the animal that bit you has rabies so that you can receive shots to prevent it from infecting you.
Rabies shots include:
rabies immune globulin – this is done by injecting you near the animal bite, for preventing the virus from infecting you;
a series of rabies vaccines – to fight the rabies virus, four injections in 14 days.
Sometimes your doctor will determine if the animal that bit you has rabies and the procedures for determining include:
pets and farm animals – dogs, ferrets and cats will be observed for 10 days to check for symptoms. If it remains healthy, it means it does not have rabies so you will not need rabies shots;
wild animals that can be caught – wild animals can be killed and tested for rabies by testing its brain, you will not be needing shots if it does not have rabies; talk to your doctor if the animal that bit you cannot be found, to make it safe he will give you rabies shots assuming that it has rabies.
Rabies is a preventable disease.
Some of these tips can reduce your risk of coming in contact with rabid animals such as:
all your pets should be vaccinated,
keep your pets indoors and supervise them when going out,
if you have a small pet, put them inside a cage to be safe from wild animals because these small pets cannot be vaccinated against rabies,
avoid wild animals that are afraid of people,
if you see stray animals report it to your local animal control,
seal and gaps in your house where bats can get in,
have a rabies vaccine of you are travelling to a country where rabies is common.
7 Alternative and Homeopathic Remedies
Some of the homeopathic remedies for rabies include:
Belladonna – rabies with convulsive attack and difficulty in swallowing,
Lyssinum – if the person has a fear of water,
Cantharis – there is foam coming out of the mouth of the infected person,
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