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Does rat bite cause leptospirosis?

Does rat bite cause leptospirosis?

Rat bites: Rat bites can cause diseases including rat bite fever, localized abscesses, cellulitis and even tetanus among others. Leptospirosis is associated with rodents although usually it's their urine causing infection. Worse, the rats urine can contaminate water sources and u can contract leptospirosis from that. Rats can facilitate other diseases including plague, tularemia, hanta virus and others. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


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How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

How can I diagnose a possible African tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Blood tests: Very specific blood tests are available to determine the presence of tick transmitted infections. Since results can take some time to be finalized, early testing is highly recommended. ...Read more

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Tick fever/ tick bite fever . Symptoms?

Tick fever/ tick bite  fever . Symptoms?

See below: http://www.nhls.ac.za/?page=alerts&id=5&rid=468 Please consult this site for information on this topic. Common symptoms are fever, headache, body ache, sore at the site of tick bite. ...Read more

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Just diagnosed w/cellulitis (spider bite) current hepc tx weakened my immunity. How serious is this?

Just diagnosed w/cellulitis (spider bite) current hepc tx weakened my immunity. How serious is this?

Possibly: Depending on the severity of the cellulitis, it may possible to continue treating your hepatitis c while also being treated for the cellulitis. You should notify your your treating physician if you haven't done so. ...Read more

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Bitten by spider, back leg (1/28). Rx- 3x for antibiotics (10 days @). Severe strep b infection. Leg now healed. Area of bite "bluish". What's wrong?

Bitten by spider, back leg (1/28). Rx- 3x for antibiotics (10 days @). Severe strep b infection. Leg now healed. Area of bite "bluish". What's wrong?

Scar: If your symptoms have otherwise resolved, you probably are seeing a scar where the infection & inflammation was. This is more common in people with more melanin in the skin. Go back to the doc who prescribed the antibiotic. ...Read more

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I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

I would like help with diagnosis of possible african tick bite fever or other tick borne rickettsial disease?

Tick bite: If you have the tick, it can be sent to a lab to test for any disease it might carry. If not just monitor for 20-30 days for any flu-like symptoms or rash at the site where you found the tick. If test is positive or you have symptoms or rash, you should be treated. ...Read more

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If untreated what is the death rate of rocky mountain fever?

If untreated what is the death rate of rocky mountain fever?

25% to 30%: Rocky mountain spotted fever is an infection transmitted by ticks. Before the use of antibiotic therapy, the death rate was about 25% to 30%. Nowadays, with treatment, the death rate is about 4%. Despite the disease being first recognized and described in the rocky mountain region, 95% of U.S. Cases are in the eastern U.S. (>50% of cases are in the southern coastal atlantic states). ...Read more

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Is rattlesnake bite painful?

Is rattlesnake bite painful?

Growing up in the: Blue ridge mountain, i knew a man who had been bit on the leg by a rattlesnake. This occurred in the 1950's when people handled snake bites very differently. His brother cut his leg & sucked out venom (please don't do that - now a days we handle it differently). There was no doctor or medical care in our county. He lived but did say it was very painful. ...Read more

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Is dengue fever fatal?

Is dengue fever fatal?

Rarely: Dengue when presenting as a hemorrhagic fever can be fatal but most individuals with typical dengue survive. ...Read more

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2 y/o had fever anorexia diarrhea X 2d then red flat circular <2cm lesions all over, began on legs. Not bug bites. No new food, med, soap. Dx? herp?

2 y/o had fever anorexia diarrhea X 2d then red flat circular <2cm lesions all over, began on legs. Not bug bites. No new food, med, soap. Dx? herp?

Fever/Rash: This could be anything from a viral exanthem to a tick borne disease presentation to a drug reaction, and so on. Baby needs to be seen, examined and diagnosed appropriately and this cannot be done over the internet. ...Read more

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I had a fever after being bitten by a rat what should i do?i already had a tetanus shot.is this a rat bite fever?

I had a fever after being bitten by a rat what should i do?i already had a tetanus shot.is this a rat bite fever?

ANewTedNugentSong!!: I hope not. When were you bitten? If over a week and you feel OK except for a slight fever don't worry. But if you feel like you're coming down with the worst flu you've ever had (which you probably are, but still have to play it safe) and maybe get a rash, then head for a doctor and tell him your story. Maybe you'd have it and if so, there are antibiotics for it. Luckily, it's pretty rare. ...Read more

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Possible rat bite fever? I was bitten by my pet rat 10 days ago and I have muscle pain in both my legs

Possible rat bite fever?
I was bitten by my pet rat 10 days ago and I have muscle pain in both my legs

Get rid of the rat!: Symptoms will start 3-10 days after being bitten. Two types of Rat Bite...streptobacillary and spirillary. Streptobacilliary presents with fever, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting, rash and headache. The Spirillary (Sudoku) symptoms vary..recurring fever, ulceration of bite site, swollen lymph nodes and rash. Call your doctor...If you can take penicillin..Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875 twice a day is great. ...Read more

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Does rat bite cause leptospirosis?

Rat bites: Rat bites can cause diseases including rat bite fever, localized abscesses, cellulitis and even tetanus among others. Leptospirosis is associated with rodents although usually it's their urine causing infection. Worse, the rats urine can contaminate water sources and u can contract leptospirosis from that. Rats can facilitate other diseases including plague, tularemia, hanta virus and others. ...Read more

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What to do after rat bite?

What to do after rat bite?

ER: U need it looked at and get a Tetanus Booster shot and make sure the rat didn't have rabies. ...Read more

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What is the immidiate measure to be taken in case of a rat bite?

What is the immidiate measure to be taken in case of a rat bite?

Wash the wound: Wash the wound with clean tap water and soap, based on how deep is the wound , location of the wound further steps are decided by the physician when you make a trip to er for getting evaluated, defintely a tetanus shot and the need for antibiotic as prophylactic to prevent infection and the need for prophylaxis with rabies immunization is decided after inspecting the location, severity of the wound. ...Read more

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Should i go to ER for a wild rat bite?

Should i go to ER for a wild rat bite?

Yes- please do.: Even if rabies is not a significant risk - rats can carry many types of infections. You may also need a tetanus shot. ...Read more

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How do I treat a rat bite on my son's finger?

How do I treat a rat bite on my son's finger?

See your GP: Please immediately contact your health care provider.Without treatment, rat-bite fever can be serious or potentially deadly. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ebola hemorrhoid fever and hemo fever caused by the flea from a rat?

What is the difference between ebola hemorrhoid fever and hemo fever caused by the flea from a rat?

Hantavirus?: If referring to Hantavirus - there are some strains that can be fatal in humans (Hantavirus hemorrhagic fever w renal syndrome (HFRS) or hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS)) HPS has fatality rate of 36%. The current Ebolavirus Zaire outbreak has a death rate of about 55% but in past death rates have been as high as 90%. ...Read more

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Low grade fever,dizziness since ten days.Had dosage of Vertin prescribed by doctor for Vertigo but still the symptoms persist. Dizziness is something like I'm sailing on a boat.Its more towards the evenings. Sometimes feel nauseated.bp is Normal,pulse rat

Low grade fever,dizziness since ten days.Had dosage of Vertin prescribed by doctor for Vertigo but still the symptoms persist. Dizziness is something like I'm sailing on a boat.Its more towards the evenings. Sometimes feel nauseated.bp is Normal,pulse rat

Hydration: You are taking medication for vertigo keep taking it in order for the medicine to work you need to be well hydrated 6-8 bottle of water in winter and 8-10 battles unsymmetrical sodas no energy drink.keep taking the medicine but hydrate yourself everybody think they drink a lot of water unless you are drinking at least 8 you are not drinking enough ...Read more

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66 year old male, overweight. Had a tumor on his pancreas removed. Developed pneumonia and high fever and slipped into coma. Prognosis?

Tough one to answer: Difficult to determine prognosis based on this information. Depends on the cause of the 'coma'. Is it just related to the infection, to the surgery, due to heart issues, due to a stroke, due to medications...Lots of things contribute to unresponsiveness in someone who is so sick. ...Read more

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My bro had fracture skull & doc said brain is normal. He gained consciousness. Doc said if he gets seizures & fever it is good prognosis. Why is it?

My bro had fracture skull & doc said brain is normal. He gained consciousness. Doc said if he gets seizures & fever it is good prognosis. Why is it?

Don't have a clue: This comment makes no sense to me. Perhaps the wording was confusing and you did not get the proper interpretation. I would check back with the source. ...Read more

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Lung cancer metasised to the liver stage 4 suffering from stomach pains fever lethargy severe constipation given prognosis less than a year 3 months ago what am I also to expect before the end is near?

Lung cancer metasised to the liver stage 4 suffering from stomach pains fever lethargy severe constipation given prognosis less than a year 3 months ago what am I also to expect before the end is near?

Can vary: If the tumor in the liver is progressing, that can cause severe pain but can also eventually cause liver failure and increasingly more lethargy and eventually coma which can be a "god-send" if there is no hope of improving your situation. In a coma, you will likely feel little pain or feel much of anything at all. If liver pain is a large problem, several high doses of radiation therapy may help. ...Read more

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Could a spider bite cause a recurring fever?

Could a spider bite cause a recurring fever?

See below: For u s spiders, this is unlikely unless a secondary infection occurs and is not treated adequately. If this is going on, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What's the chance of getting dengue fever after the bite?

Dengue Presentation: Dengue presents clinically in less than 20% of cases. The challenge is if you do not show an active disease process and at some point in the future you are bit again, there is a high risk for developing dengue hemorrhagic fever which can be fatal. Lab test are available to determine your exposure to dengue ...Read more

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My son has a bit on back head it keeps swelling he has no fever.?

My son has a bit on back head it keeps swelling he has no fever.?

Scalp Bite: Depending on what the bite is from, how long it's been there, and the extent of the "swelling", you may wish to have it evaluated. An "abscess" can fill with puss and may not cause a fever, but still needs to be drained. The age of your son may make some difference with respect to urgency as well. ...Read more

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Can you get cat scratch fever without being scratched or bitten by a cat?

Can you get cat scratch fever without being scratched or bitten by a cat?

Yes: But you still need to come in contact with a cat. If a cat licks a break in your skin, then bartonella, the bacteria that causes cat scratch disease, can be transmitted. ...Read more

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