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Can someone please talk me out of this rabies scenario?

Discussion in 'Health Anxiety (Hypochondria)' started by Moso, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. Moso

    Moso Member

    Oct 11, 2017
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    I just went out of my dorm to get ice-cream and as soon as I walked out I smelled a skunk and skunks are known to wonder through our campus sometimes. I didn't see any but it was dark and when I was back at the door of the building getting my card and keys out of my pocket something scratched me and i know it was probably my keys or my finger nails but Im afraid it was a rabid skunk or something? Please reassure me thank you.
  2. Rinka

    Rinka Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 3, 2016
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    Hi @Moso, have you seen any animal near you, that was hissing or making any noise?
    Usually when an animal is attacking you, as in scratching or anything else they will warn you before.
    Even if it is a rabid animal.
    To be really honest, you would have known if it was a skunk or any other animal that scratched you.
    But if your scratch gets infected, talk to your doctor or a nurse.
  3. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2016
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    A scratch ...I don' believe. ...doesn't transmit rabies... . You need to be in contact with the saliva of a rabid animal and it must get in your blood stream. That is why a bite is the way it is transmitted. No worries...a scratch can only cause infection.
  4. Kelculator

    Kelculator Active Member

    Dec 10, 2017
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    I agree that you would have known if a skunk attacked you. If memory serves right, rabies isn't transmitted through scratches. Don't worry, you will be fine. :)
  5. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2016
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    If you had rabies you would know about it already. You would be extremely averse to water and be frothing at the mouth. If you have a scratch from anything put a little cream on like germoline after bathing it.

    Also, when the animal has rabies it goes mad. You wouldn't have had just a wee scratch. You would have been attacked and bitten and there would have been no wonder about if it was your keys or not.

    Don't worry yourself over this. I am 100% sure you are okay. (not with rabies anyway) Keep any kind of wound clean and put cream on it to help heal it and you will be just fine.

    What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Rabies?http://www.humanillnesses.com/Infectious-Diseases-My-Si/Rabies.html

    Once a person has been infected with the rabies virus, symptoms may appear as soon as 10 days or as long as 90 days after exposure. These symptoms typically happen in stages. The first stage may include fever, a general ill feeling, sore throat, loss of appetite, nausea (NAW-zee-uh), vomiting, depression, and headache. If the person has been bitten by an animal, there may be a tingling sensation around the area of the bite. As the disease progresses and attacks the nervous system, a person may have difficulty sleeping and experience anxiety, confusion, aggressiveness, or hallucinations (haloo-sin-AY-shuns, seeing or hearing things that are not really there).

    * mucous membranes are the moist linings of the mouth, nose, eyes, and throat.

    * paralysis (pah-RAH-luh-sis) is the loss or impairment of the ability to move some part of the body.

    * seizures (SEE-zhurs) are sudden bursts of disorganized electrical activity that interrupt the normal functioning of the brain, often leading to uncontrolled movements in the body and sometimes a temporary change in consciousness.

    * double vision is a vision problem in which a person sees two images of a single object.

    * coma (KO-ma) is an unconscious state in which a person cannot be awakened and cannot move, see, speak, or hear.

    * delirium (dih-LEER-e-um) is a condition in which a person is confused, is unable to think clearly, and has a reduced level of consciousness.

    Read more: http://www.humanillnesses.com/Infectious-Diseases-My-Si/Rabies.html#ixzz56t0D01Nm

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