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Doctor insights on: Can I Take Antioxidants To Treat A Rabies Infection

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Can I take antioxidants to treat a rabies infection?

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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Antioxidant (Definition)

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against oxidation, especially oxidation by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamins a, c, e, as well as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, are common antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, ...Read more


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If a dog with rabies bites you how long should it take just for the bite to show a sign of an infection?

If a dog with rabies bites you how long should it take just for the bite to show a sign of an infection?

Don't wait: If suspected at all, get to an er asap for treatment. Rabies is historically almost always fatal! ...Read more

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What are the first signs of a rabies infection?

Rabies symptoms: For rabies to occur, there usually has to be a recognizable exposure - such as a dog, cat or other mammal bite. Sometimes bats are involved, but that may not always include a bite. Since rabies is a viral infection - the first symptoms are 'non-specific' like headache, fever or malaise (feel wiped out). Further in the course, more characteristic symptoms develop like hydrophobia. See an MD. ...Read more

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My 2 year old got minor bit from wild cat. What are the chances of infection and rabies? I washed bit and animal control watching cat for 10 days.

My 2 year old got minor bit from wild cat. What are the chances of infection and rabies? I washed bit and animal control watching cat for 10 days.

Continue to monitor: Although rabies is relatively rare- it still occurs in the animal population in the us. In sonoma county ca where i live, we had rabies in a cat recently. It is prudent that animal control is watching the cat (also likely testing the cat). Continue to watch the bit. If you see increased redness, streaks or pus, have your child seen by the doctor. ...Read more

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If a vaccinated dog bites a kid, does the kid still need to be vaccinated against rabies / infection?

Probably not: You should call your local health center and animal control center. The dog needs to be watched for a time to make sure he does not develop rabies. ...Read more

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I accidentally ate a small piece of raw pork kidney!Is rabies infection possible?

Eating raw pork: I am assuming this was a commercially butchered animal -and if home butchered - the animal was "normal" prior. With that caveat - it would be extremely unlikely that you would develop rabies. At the most you might get an upset stomach. Raw pork does carry the risk of trichinosis but good farming techniques have generally eliminated this . I don't think you have much to worry about. ...Read more

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I accidentally ate a small piece of raw pork kidney.Is rabies infection possible. Also, what are some other infections that are possible?

I accidentally ate a small piece of raw pork kidney.Is rabies infection possible. Also, what are some other infections that are possible?

No risk: Rabies isn't carried by pigs. There's little or no infection risk at all. At one time, undercooked pork risked trichinosis, quite a serious infection due to a microscopic parasite. However, in North America trichinosis has been absent in commercially raised pork for over 60 years. People for health reasons, and even raw pork or beef isn't a risk. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can paresthesia in rabies infection last 1.5 months w/out progressing? Web says its a prodromal symptom & would've progressed to acute phase <10days.

Can paresthesia in rabies infection last 1.5 months w/out progressing? Web says its a prodromal symptom & would've progressed to acute phase <10days.

It's not rabies: Indeed -prodromal rabies symptoms are short lasting only, and what u describe is way too long for rabies. You may have some other nerve problem though and should probably get it checked. Ur vitamin levels could be too low (B12) or u could have some environmental exposures (alcohol, even lead or a toxin). Then, there are mechanical causes like 'pinched' nerves. Talk to an ID doc if more rabies Qs. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Rabies (Definition)

Rabies is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the U.S. 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 ...Read more