Patient Comments: Rabies - Treatment

What kinds of treatment have you received to treat rabies? Describe what the experience is like.

Comment from: natarte, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I was bitten by my dog 3 hours ago. I bled continuously, I was bitten in my nose, I induced the bleeding then washed it with soap and water and ran to the nearby hospital. They gave me several injections like tetanus toxoid and ATS, but I haven't got ARV because it was expensive and I don"t have the money. I don"t want to die, because I'm the bread winner in my family.

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Comment from: Mutinyu, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I was bitten by a dog late in the day. I didn't have any idea what first aid to give myself. I went to a nearby nurse who told me it was a mere scratch but gave me some tablets which she claimed were antibiotics. The following day, I went to a nearby clinic and was assured the scratch was minor and still given antibiotics. I was assured that if the dog was not infected, I would be fine, but if infected, within a short while, say ten days, it would die. The dog owners say the dog was treated and however still lives. On researching more about rabies and its transmission, I am just getting more scared because it's close to three weeks since the dog bite.

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