Hands Still Often Hurt After Rabies Injections?
Hello, I went around noon when I was bitten by a dog when I was trying to catch it, I only hit my ring finger, the blood didn’t flow profusely, after that my mlm was hot and cold, and 3 days later I injected verorab 1x and the 2nd on the 7th day, verorab too, after being injected my body had a fever and my stomach was sick, and I observed for 14 days that the dog was still alive, living as usual, eating and drinking, and no saliva, the tail was pinched in both legs, but now I am afraid, my hands like to hurt a little, please explain, thank you
Hello, good afternoon Anton.
The disease most often feared by patients after being bitten by a dog is rabies (mad dog). Rabies is caused by a virus called lyssaviruses which can be transmitted from animals to humans through bites, scratches (if the animal had previously licked its nails) or wounds on the body that the animal licked. The animals that can transmit this virus are dogs (most commonly), cats and monkeys. Symptoms of rabies include: high fever, itching feeling on the bite or scratch wound, becoming more aggressive in behavior, and fear of water (hydrophobia). These symptoms usually appear about 2 weeks to 3 months after the event that caused the entry of the virus into the body. However, these symptoms can appear more quickly, which is 4 days from the first entry of the virus.
The symptoms of rabies in animals are almost the same as the symptoms of rabies in humans. The animal will experience a high fever, aggressive behavior such as indistinct biting at humans or certain objects, changes in barking, then over time it will experience a decrease in appetite and be more passive. An animal with rabies will die within 1 to 2 weeks after biting.
The following are treatments you can take if you have contact (bitten, scratched, or licked) with an animal that you suspect has rabies:
wash the bite with soap and running water clean the wound with antiseptic solution or alcohol leave the wound open immediately go to the nearest clinic or hospital, the doctor may give you an anti-rabies serum you can do anti-rabies vaccination (usually given as much as 4 injections, namely on the day of contact, day 3, day 7, and day 14, however, in other types of vaccines the injection is given on the first day, day 7, and day 21 or 28). It should be noted that the side effects of this vaccine include pain in the injection site, muscle pain, low-grade fever, nausea, vomiting and headaches.
Seeing your explanation that after two weeks the dog is still alive and does not show any rabies symptoms, it is highly likely that the dog has not contracted rabies so that he also has no potential to transmit rabies to you. So you are expected to remain calm and not have to worry too much. Pain in the bite scar can be normal because there is still an inflammatory process (inflammation), plus the suggestions and fears you feel. We still recommend that you see a doctor so that the bite marks are examined and treated, because there is a concern that an infection may occur which can slow down the healing process.
That's all, hope this helps ...
Greetings, dr. Denisa