Would I be able to tell the difference btwn a butterfly and a bat?

Discussion in 'Health Anxiety (Hypochondria)' started by Moso, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Moso

    Moso Member

    Im worried about rabies.
    Im really freaked out. I know my prof said there's a bat that lives near the library. So I was walking and I see this black thing flying towards my head so I duck and then when I come to and look its kinda far away, but it looked like a butterfly. But now I'm not sure because bats are also really small. I didnt feel it touch me, but my adrenaline kicked in so maybe my body ignored it. I checked for marks and on my forehead there is this red looking pinprick dot, but i think thats always there, i think its a red freckle. But I'm not sure. DO you think this was a bat and do you think I'll get rabies from this? Because Im really freaked out.
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  3. Chrissy

    Chrissy Member

    Bats don't usually fly too close to humans and you'll almost always hear them squeaking if they do. Also, was it during the day that this happened or closer to sunset? That in itself should be telling of which it was.
    As for rabies, that's something that's transmitted by a bite, so if you have a tiny spot that you think is a freckle, I doubt you were bit. There would be pain from said bite. I believe you'll be okay ♡
  4. Moso

    Moso Member

    It was during the afternoon and Ive been feeling pain, but my body and brain does that a lot when I am anxious.
  5. Chrissy

    Chrissy Member

    Mine does the same thing. If I'm anxious about something, my body always aches or display odd symptoms. I think it was likely a butterfly, or even a bird perhaps, but if you're still feeling unsure, I would contact your physician and ask what they think.
  6. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    Hi Moso and welcome to the forum.

    It doesn't seem like you would have rabies from this bat. You would have known by now as you would have an abhorrence of water and be throwing up uncontrollably.

    I've never heard of bats having rabies before but as they don't usually come near humans I don't think there is too much to worry about. I think you may be worrying unnecessarily but if you are very concerned, you can go and see your doctor who I'm sure would put your mind at ease.

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