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i WOKE UP WITH A FEW BITES ON MY ARM. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT BITE ME AND I AM HAVING ANXIETY OVER IT BEING A BAT AND HAVING RABIES NOW. SHOULD I JUST GO OUT AND TELL THE DOCTOR I WANT THE SHOT FOR PEACE OF MIND BECAUSE I FEEL DEPRESSED BECAUSE OF IT?

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Hello,

Thanks for asking your question at Doctor Spring.

Have you noticed bats in your area, in and around your house, or in the room you sleep in? Bat bites usually occur only if the bat is vulnerable as from being trapped in a house or if it is injured and meddled with. If so, then please go to your local physician right away and get treatment. If not, then no need to worry.

A bat bite and rabies are highly unlikely. Bites could be anything from mosquitos to spiders to bed bugs and should be taken seriously only if serious symptoms occur. Most bites have some degree of itching, redness, and swelling and usually go away on their own.

Observe for a week. If however you develop signs of fever, rash, pain, or other serious symptoms ~ then you should alert a physician and seek treatment.

Please feel free to ask any follow up questions. Take care and be well.

Regards.


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
Experience: 
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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