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Kissing Bug Bite
How can you tell if you've been bitten by a kissing bug? What's the difference between a kissing bug bite and a mosquito bite (appearance, sensation)?
R U Kidding: YOU cannot unless you catch the bug ...Read more
I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was extremely painful and the reaction (fever, swelling, & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can
Chagas disease: If you were bitten in north america it is extremely unlikely that you will contract chagas disease. The prevalence of the disease here is just too low. Some will develop an ulcer at the site of the bite. Parasitemia is easily demonstrated with blood smears or pcr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am not 100% sure but I think I was bitten by a "kissing" bug. What are chances of Chagas' disease? I live in Louisiana.
Chagas : not enough known to give accurate predictions. Chagas is rare in the U.S. So probability has to be low . ...Read more
Bit by kissing bug a year ago, posion center advised to get tested for chagasdisease.Er people thought i was crazy, who can test for it ?
I was bitten by a stray dog. Actually it was hit by a bike and unconsciously it bit me. Now i've taken one dose of ARV.can kissing be done or risky?
Kissing ok >2 weeks: ARV induces the production of protective virus-neutralizing antibodies within approximately 7 to 10 days that persist for several years No transmission of rabies has been documented from rabies-infected patients to healthcare providers or household contacts or by fomites or environmental surfaces ...Read more
Should i get tested for Chagas disease? Ive spent alot of time in florida and tennessee which both have kissing bugs
Micro-organism: It takes two items, kissing bugs and a microorganism, trypanosoma cruzi, that causes Chagas disease. The microorganism is not endemic in the US so you do not need to be concerned about getting tested. You may consult this site for more info on this topic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chagas-disease/basics/definition/CON-20030854 ...Read more
My dog vomited, and before I knew I was kissing her head, and she might have had a little bit on her, should i be worried for myself getting sick?
Why worry now?: Dogs vomit for all kinds of non-contagious reasons. Anyway, if you've been exposed to a dog pathogen, there's no certainty you caught it. Give it a few days, but there's really not much you can do at this point but worry needlessly. Wait and see-- ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My boyfriend was bit by a possibly rabid animal yesterday. Last night we kissed quite a bit and I gave him oral sex. Could I contract it through him?
No risk, no worries: Rabies is not transmitted until the infected persons has had it quite a while. Even if your boyfriend caught rabies, you couldn't catch it from him for at least a few weeks. Even then, human to human transmission is exceedingly rare, if it happens at all. Of course your bf needs to see a doctor (or speak with the health department) ASAP about the bite and whether he needs rabies shots. ...Read more