After an animal bite, rabies is one of the first things on your mind. Rabies is a dangerous, deadly disease that can ruin you in little time. Once it takes over, there is not much you can do.
Knowing the warning signs can help you to catch it and receive treatment early. If you fear you have any of the symptoms, make sure to speak to a doctor right away. Receive treatment quickly to ensure the rabies does not spread and lead to serious harm or death.
You can treat rabies, but only if you catch it early enough. Remain aware and take action the moment you think something is wrong.
There are mental and physical symptoms of rabies. These symptoms range from simple to severe, but it can always be life endangering. The symptoms will show up and you should take it seriously the moment they do. Mental symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, irritability, aggression, anxiety, fear, hallucinations, and confusion. Mentally, you cannot think properly. Your brain is faster to anger and thinking becomes difficult. With the fear, anxiety, and hallucinations, reality around you becomes warped. Physical symptoms include muscle aches, fever, nausea, vomiting, muscle spasms, seizures, drooling, and difficulty swallowing. Some of these symptoms may feel like a cold or flu, but the others will catch up quickly, too. Physically, your body stops working the way it should until eventually you die.
Time to Symptoms
From the moment of the bite to the moment the symptoms show up, you have anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. It can be shorter or longer for different people, but that is the general amount of time it takes for the majority of people who contract rabies. If you do not have a vaccination against rabies, this can absolutely be fatal. The moment the mental symptoms occur, there is very little chance of survival. Rabies is fatal and can quickly take the lives of those who contract it.
After a bite from an unknown animal, you should seek out medical assistance. Speak with a doctor about previous vaccinations and getting the treatment for it. Treatment is necessary within a week of the bite for it to be effective. If you suspect that you have rabies, or that an animal with rabies bit you, seek out medical care. There is a treatment available for rabies that could potentially save your life, but only if administered within a set amount of time.
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