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Rat bite

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 17, 2006
  • 03:52 AM

I was bitten by a rat last month in Tibet. At least we think it was a rat. It was in the night and by the time I had turned on the torch it was gone.
Now it has healed over but there is a large lump about the size of a golf ball on my thigh. It feels like there is something inside and is slightly painful. Any ideas what it might be?

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  • my 6 year old got bitten by a rat in Trinidad by a rat and the doctors send her home with no shot or medicine what shall i do .
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2008
    • 10:40 PM
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  • You didn't mention if the rat bite was also on the thigh area, but I assume it was. If the swelling is occurring in any other area then where the actual bite occurred it is unlikely to be related.Feral rats are vectors of many diseases, but what you are describing sounds unrelated to the "bite," if you were actually bitten, as you said! That golf-ball sized, painful, swelling could be parasitic in nature. I would go to my General Practitioner (M.D.) to get this checked out, A.S.A.P., and please don't forget to tell him or her that you were recently out of the country!!!! If the swelling is occurring at the bite-site, it could mean infection. This is definitely something to get to the doctor regarding!To the person whose child was bitten by a rat and not treated; in the U.S. your child would have been given prophylactic antibiotics and the wound cleaned THOROUGHLY. Also, depending on what part of the U.S. this happened, perhaps prophylactic rabies vaccine, which is now less painful than it once was.Having this happen in Trinidad, perhaps that Doctor wouldn't react to anything but a filo virus! That said, I would still take the child in to see the Dr. here in the states and explain what happened and how the child was NOT treated. I don't personally know if there is anything to be done at this point, as long as there is no infection and the doctor has seen the child, no worries!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2009
    • 10:42 PM
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