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How do bat bites look like?

How do bat bites look like?

A bat’s teeth may: Scratch or puncture the skin. Unlike movies, the bite is not particularly distinctive & may not even be visible. It may look like a small pin prick. Check out a photo of a bat bite at: http://www.Bing.Com/images/search?Q=bat+bites+on+humans&id=1bea09493a320118173f94668904e8f932994d6c&form=iqfrba#view=detail&id=1bea09493a320118173f94668904e8f932994d6c&selectedindex=0. ...Read more

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What does a bat bite look like?

What does a bat bite look like?

A bat’s teeth may: Scratch or puncture the skin. Unlike movies, the bite is not particularly distinctive & may not even be visible. It may look like a small pin prick. Check out a photo of a bat bite at: http://www.Bing.Com/images/search?Q=bat+bites+on+humans&id=1bea09493a320118173f94668904e8f932994d6c&form=iqfrba#view=detail&id=1bea09493a320118173f94668904e8f932994d6c&selectedindex=0. ...Read more

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What would a bat bite look like and would you notice it?

What would a bat bite look like and would you notice it?

Might not: We treat people for bat bites if one has been in the room with you. Not sure why you are asking this question, but usually it is for concern of rabies. You should probably see a physician to be evaluated if the above scenario applies. ...Read more

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Do bat bites and scratches at all resemble a papercut? My tiny cut is perfectly sliced, like that of a papercut. Would a bat scratch puncture?

Do bat bites and scratches at all resemble a papercut? My tiny cut is perfectly sliced, like that of a papercut. Would a bat scratch puncture?

Bat bites/scratches: If there was any concern of a bat causing injury, please see an infectious diseases doctor for the next steps. Not all doctors (I'm afraid to say) know about rabies in bats but it is extremely important. Bats have sharp teeth, they also have sharp claws (think about hanging upside down). Make sure you clean out these wounds thoroughly then see an ID doc. Call your primary to set that up ASAP. ...Read more

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Do bat bites swell like a mosquito bite?

Do bat bites swell like a mosquito bite?

A bat’s teeth may: Scratch or puncture the skin. Unlike movies, the bite is not particularly distinctive ; may not even be visible. It may look like a small pin prick. It doesn't look like mosquito bite. Check photo of a bat bite at: http://www.Bing.Com/images/search?Q=bat+bites+on+humans;id=1bea09493a320118173f94668904e8f932994d6c;form=iqfrba#view=detail;id=1bea09493a320118173f94668904e8f932994d6c;selectedindex=0. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a snake or bat bite?

What are the signs and symptoms of a snake or bat bite?

See below: Theses are two very different types of bites and involve very different types of symptoms and/or infections. Bats can carry rabies! reptiles don't. Reptiles can carry a very dangerous form of salmonella. Some snake bite involve venom, bats do not. But, both can become secondarily infected and both should be seen. ...Read more

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Can this be a bat bite? Here's 3 different pictures: http://imgur.Com/a/tcvfb/embed (copy and paste the link int your address bar)

Can this be a bat bite?
Here's 3 different pictures:
http://imgur.Com/a/tcvfb/embed
(copy and paste the link int your address bar)

Bat bite : Not high quality pictures, but would say no as there are no clear puncture wounds. However, if you came into contact with a bat in an area that is known to have rabied bats, its a good idea to have it evaluated asap. ...Read more

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Yesterday a bat bite me.And then i go to hospiyal and take injection.Then i smoke after that.Is smoking affected the injected medicine ?

Yesterday a bat bite me.And then i go to hospiyal and take injection.Then i smoke after that.Is smoking affected the injected medicine ?

You're fine: You'll do yourself a favor if you don't smoke, especially tobacco -- it's treacherous and will ultimately make you an addict unless you avoid it meticulously. Continue your rabies injections as you've been told -- please. ...Read more

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If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (bat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished could they contract rabies?

If someone kissed someone with possible exposure to rabies (bat bite) before the full course of the PEP was finished could they contract rabies?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more

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Heard noise overhead.Didn't see anything. Kept walking. Felt a quick pop on calf/ankle. Small red dot resulted.Can a bat bite and fly off that quick?

Heard noise overhead.Didn't see anything. Kept walking. Felt a quick pop on calf/ankle. Small red dot resulted.Can a bat bite and fly off that quick?

Bat? Go to ER: I'm not a chiroptologist so I don't know if bats can bite & fly off that quickly w/o you seeing them (not unlike Batman, sorry, I couldn't resist). However, due to risk for rabies, best to get checked out (http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/education/). Even if not bat bite, there's potential for infection of some sort eg cellulitis. ...Read more

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