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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Overview)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability to swallow the saliva.


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How does rabies harm the brain?

How does rabies harm the brain?

Infects brain cells: Rabies viruses travel along the nerves, from the bite site all the way up to the brain. The viruses infect the brain, damaging the brain cells. Viruses can then spread from the brain, along the nerves, to many other parts of the body. The damaged brain no longer can function properly, so the victim loses the ability to think or do things, over a week or two, and dies. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
409 doctors shared insights

Rabies (Overview)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability to swallow the saliva.


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Is hypersalivation a prodromal symptom of rabies or does it begin in the acute neurological phase? I'm having foamy saliva but no neuro problems.

Is hypersalivation a prodromal symptom of rabies or does it begin in the acute neurological phase? I'm having foamy saliva but no neuro problems.

Were you exposed?: Were you exposed to rabies from a bite from an infected animal? If so, you should see a physician immediately. Hypersalivation is only one of many symptoms of rabies. Hydrophobia is more common in the late stages. http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/ ...Read more

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Preventing Rabies (Checklist)

Before any travel, inquire about any local rabies problems
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If bitten by an unknown/wild animal, follow-up with your doctor
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Consider rabies prophylaxis if there is a high risk as deemed by MD
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What are the symptoms of rabies in humans and how soon do they appear?

See below: The incubation period for rabies is less than 30 days in 25% of cases, less than 90 days in 75% of cases and more than 1 year in 5%. The furious form presents with hydrophobia, delirium, agitation and seizures. The paralytic form presents with ascending paralysis. Both types eventually lead to coma and death. ...Read more

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When should the first signs of rabies appear?

When should the first signs of rabies appear?

Variable: The virus has to travel to the brain so the further the bite is from the brain the longer it takes to manifest. So you die sooner from a bite to the face than one to the foot... http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html ...Read more

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Rabies (Tip)

Do have your pet vaccinated.Do not touch any wild animals.Any bite or scratch by animal, call your md. ...See more

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What happens if you have rabies?

What happens if you have rabies?

Many things: Incubation time is from 3-7 weeks (historically) but can occur as early as 10 days after exposure. Symptoms may include: anxiety, tension, drooling, convulsions, exaggerated sensation or pain at bite site, excitability, loss of sensation and muscle function, fevers to 102, muscle spasms, swallowing problems, numbness and tingling. Rarely do people with the disease survive, even if treated. ...Read more

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How many shots to you get if you got bit and no animal to test for rabies?

5: If deemed an at risk bite due to the species (ex skunk) one gets1 dose of hrig and 4 doses of rabies vaccine ted butler md. ...Read more

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Rabies (Tip)

Best ways to avoid snake bites are hiking boots that cover the lower leg and alertness of surroundings. ...See more

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I need to know how do you know if you have rabies?

Rabies: transmitted : By contamination of wound with saliva from rabid animal, mostly after bite (between 20-180 days). Rabid animals: skunk, raccoon, fox, bat, stray dogs. Pain, itch, abnormal sensation at wound along with fever, malaise, headache, anorexia, nausea, apprehension, anxiety, agitation. Gradually, inability to swallow liquid even saliva with aspiration in trachea, hydrophobia, aerophobia, spasm, etc. Etc. ...Read more

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What causes rabies?

What causes rabies?

The rabies virus: Which is usually spread from the bite of an infected animal, such as a dog, cat, skunk, fox or bat. ...Read more

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DR. SCOTT HAMSTRA, what do you mean why take the risk. Are you suggesting getting rabies vaccine for humans to build up immunity?

No: There are a few "high risk" jobs where Rabies Vaccine is recommended for people who are likely to get exposed to rabies. Outside of Africa and Asia, only get exposed to rabies in wild animals -- doesn't happen often - so don't use the vaccine unless get exposed. Your immune system is what fights off the rabies virus - the vaccine helps your immune system do this quicker and stronger. ...Read more

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Question to help with science coursework. Is rabies treatable in its flu like symptoms stage and what's the rate for survival?

Question to help with science coursework. Is rabies treatable in its flu like symptoms stage and what's the rate for survival?

Look it up: The information is out there. You don't even need to leave your laptop. A simple Google search will give you this information. Part of the purpose of your coursework is for you to learn how to do research. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take antioxidants to treat a rabies infection?

Yes, but won't help: Rabies is a fatal disease, and rabies shots are needed after exposure to rabies, to prevent the virus from getting to one's brain. Taking antioxidants will not affect the final outcome. ...Read more

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How are the symptoms of rabies treated?

Rabies: Mayo clinic website treats this topic thoroughly: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/rabies/ds00484/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more

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Is there a rabies treatment?

Yes: After, possible exposure, the person should begin treatment with rabies immune globulin. If symptoms are present, treatment will probably not help. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative treatments for rabies?

No: Since there's very little standard treatment for rabies once the disease has begun, it's hard to talk about "alternative treatments." someone with rabies should be hospitalized. There have been a few cases of survival with an induced coma. The most important way to deal with rabies is to give human rabies immunoglobulin (hrig) and Rabies Vaccine after exposure, before the onset of disease. ...Read more

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Can I prevent rabies if I get bit, but then immediately take a rabies vaccination?

Can I prevent rabies if I get bit, but then immediately take a rabies vaccination?

Yes, several shots: If a person was bit by a rabid animal, and he got: his wound properly washed out, his rabies IgG properly given, and his rabies vaccines properly given, all within the recommended time periods, then he can presume that he will not get rabies. Nothing is 100% certain in life, but proper rabies treatment works. ...Read more

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