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Is throat pain a side effect of rabies shots or should I be concerned?

Is throat pain a side effect of rabies shots or should I be concerned?

Doctor can evaluate: Sore throat after a rabies shot may not be from the shot, but could be from a viral infection, bacterial infection, allergies, etc... A primary care doctor can evaluate, and do a strep throat test to see if routine antibiotics are needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

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Doctor, I am confused. Could i catch sore throat because of hdcv rabies vaccine. I am suffering from sore throat since after my second shot.

 Doctor, I am confused.  Could i catch sore  throat  because of hdcv  rabies vaccine. I am suffering from sore throat since after my second shot.

No: The rabies vaccine will not give you a sore throat. If you are allergic to it, you could have swelling in the throat but that usually causes respiratory problems and / or itching. It is more likely that you got a viral infection of the throat around the same time as the vaccination - completely unrelated. ...Read more

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Would a sore throat from rabies look and feel the same as a sore throat caused by a common cold? (Postnasal drip, visible mucus in throat, etc.)

Would a sore throat from rabies look and feel the same as a sore throat caused by a common cold?  (Postnasal drip, visible mucus in throat, etc.)

No: With rabies you would be extremely sick, frothing, crazy and about to die- horribly. With post nasal drip- you have a mild annoying tickle in the back of your throat. ...Read more

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3 months ago my dad got licked by a stray dog on his leg, he got eczema on there (dry skin and cracks) now he have sore throat, any chances of rabies?

3 months ago my dad got licked by a stray dog on his leg, he got eczema on there (dry skin and cracks) now he have sore throat, any chances of rabies?

No: Three months ago? Not much chance of rabies in that scenario, and even if it were possible, it would have presented long before now. His sore throat is something else. ...Read more

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My sore throat does not go away after 4 dose of rabies vaccination . What should i do ? Whenever i take vaccine i get chills and fever.1 dose left.

My sore throat does not go away after 4 dose of rabies vaccination . What should i do ? Whenever i take vaccine i get chills and fever.1 dose left.

Pharyngitis: i don't think sore throat related to rabies vaccine. It's normal to have flu-like symptoms with any vaccination such as fatigue , fever, headache, myalgia, dizziness, malaise, arthralgia. You may even get swollen lymph nodes in a neck area, but should not get just sore throat, please see you doctor to rule out pharyngitis such as strep infection ...Read more

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Took wicoryl,levocetrizine,amoxillin,azithromycin during rabies vaccination due to sore throat,fever and chills.Is this fine? Immune supressed?

Took wicoryl,levocetrizine,amoxillin,azithromycin during rabies vaccination due to sore  throat,fever and chills.Is this fine?    Immune supressed?

Yes: Assuming your doctor recommended these antibiotics to treat an infection, this is fine. None of the medications mentioned will conflict with the others. Rabies vaccine is a killed vaccine so you may not mount as strong a response to the vaccine. If you were exposed to rabies prior to vaccine, you may need an additional dose on day 28 and should by now have had rabies immune globulin ...Read more

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My puppy is too young for rabies shot. Scratched me on the neck while playing. I didn't bleed and don't see marks. He's healthy. What should I do?

Not to worry: Rabies is rare to begin with. It is not carried on the skin, paws or nails. The most common source is the saliva from an infected animal. If your puppy has been healthy and has not had any aggressive contact with a rabid animal, there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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I was bitten by a dog four days ago. The dog seems healthy.My throat feels a little painful and saliva increases at night.Have i contracted rabies?

I was bitten by a dog four days ago. The dog seems healthy.My throat feels a little painful and saliva increases at night.Have i contracted rabies?

Probably not : Probably not but contrary to popular belief, a dog's mouth is not clean or sterile. I would see a doctor especially if you are running a fever or if the dog bite looks infected. ...Read more

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Last friday night, my cat bit me on my lower leg. 2 days later my throat feels itchy and runny nose. My dad has flu but is this rabies? I am well now

See a doc: Animal bites can cause serious infections, and cat scratch fever is a real infection associated with fevers and lymph node enlargement. If you had any symptoms after an animal bite I would check in with the doctor for a quick exam. Domesticated animals rarely pass rabies, so you are fairly safe from having to worry about that exposure ...Read more

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Throat pain that won't go away?

Throat pain that won't go away?

See a doctor: Persistent throat pain is best evaluated by your doctor, who will perform an examination and order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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What are good ways relieve throat pain?

What are good ways relieve throat pain?

Throat pain: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. Rest. ...Read more

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What are some ways to reduce throat pain?

What are some ways to reduce throat pain?

Sore throat: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a strep throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are helpful. Mix a tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal throat pain?

What is the best way to heal throat pain?

Depends on cause: Short term, a pain reliever can be beneficial to ease your throat pain. To resolve it, one needs to find the cause of the throat pain. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. William Culviner
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