Monday, September 23, 2013

How To Treat A Human From Rabies

By Patricia Ramsey

Untreated dogs that are carrying rabies are dangerous and they can transmit the virus through contact with their saliva or a bite. Other animals in the United States where people can get the virus from are skunks, coyotes, foxes, bats and racoons. Rabies can be a sure killer if it was left untreated and it should be taken care of after the person has been bitten or have shown early signs of infection such as fever, discomfort and headaches.

Proper Caring of Wounds

A bite is the most common incident where a person could get a rabies infection from. For rabies to enter, a wound must be inflicted on a victim's body. After you have been bitten, you can rush yourself to the hospital or have someone to attend to your wounds for a first aid application. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water. This reduces the chance of getting rabies and other infection. There is no need for you to apply a bandage as it will be removed shortly once you get to the hospital. You can just put a clean and wet cloth over the bite to avoid mess.

Get to a hospital and show the bite to the doctors in the emergency room. Your wounds will be cleaned by the attending physician with a disinfectant or solution, made of povidone-iodine. The physician will also check on the wound for bones and tissue damages to know whether you wounds would need some stitching. A tetanus shot will be given to patients that haven't taken it yet before. Snake or spider bites are not the only kinds of bites that you should be scared of and rush to get some medical attention.


You will be given a shot of Human Rabies immunoglobulin. This has fast acting antibodies that will protect you from the virus. If you've got this kind of vaccination even if it has been years ago, there is no need for another shot of this remedy. The treatment of rabies does not end here as a series of consultation and vaccination is required so that you can make sure that you are safe from the deadly effects of rabies.

Follow up vaccinations will happen for 5 days. One will be given on the exact day that you have been bitten, the second shot will be injected on the third, next will be on the seventh, fourteenth day and the last will be on the twenty eighth. All vaccinations will be shot in your arm. If the disease has progressed to a worse state, the patient would need cardiac and respiratory assistance, anti-anxiety pills and intensive care.

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