Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted via the bite of an infected animal. Symptoms include fever, headaches, and weakness. Treatment involves a series of injections: rabies immune globulin and four rabies vaccines administered over 2 weeks. Read more: Rabies Article
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Headaches can be divided into two categories: primary headaches and secondary headaches. Migraine headaches, tension headaches, and cluster headaches are considered primary headaches. Secondary headaches are caused by disease. Headache symptoms vary with the headache type. Over-the-counter pain relievers provide short-term relief for most headaches.
Muscle spasms are involuntary muscle contractions that come on suddenly and are usually quite painful. Dehydration, doing strenuous exercise in a hot environment, prolonged muscle use, and certain diseases of the nervous system may cause muscle spasms. Symptoms and signs of a muscle spasm include an acute onset of pain and a possible bulge seen or felt beneath the skin where the muscle is located. Gently stretching the muscle usually resolves a muscle spasm.
Fever in Adults and Children
Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37 C), in practice, a person is usually not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 F (38 C). Fever is part of the body's own disease-fighting arsenal; rising body temperatures apparently are capable of killing off many disease-producing organisms.
Stress occurs when forces from the outside world impinge on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life. However, over-stress, can be harmful. There is now speculation, as well as some evidence, that points to the abnormal stress responses as being involved in causing various diseases or conditions.
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension and fear characterized by symptoms such as trouble concentrating, headaches, sleep problems, and irritability. Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 19 million American adults. Treatment for anxiety may incorporate medications and psychotherapy.
A dog bites about 4.5 million people each year, and about 27,000 will need surgery. Dog bites often become infected and will need medical treatment and management. Make sure that the dog's rabies vaccination is current; if not, rabies treatment may be necessary. A dog bite may cause symptoms and signs like puncture wounds, lacerations, pain, swelling, and redness. Treatment and management of a dog bite in and infant, child, teen, or adult depends upon the severity of the wound.
Tetanus is an often-fatal disease caused by nerve toxins produced by the common bacteria Clostridium tetani. In a 7-day period after infection, a person experiences muscle spasms, restlessness, headache, irritability, then lockjaw, and the lungs stop functioning. Tetanus is treatable with antibiotics and drainage. Sedation is often give to stop muscle spasms.
Swallowing Problems (Dysphagia)
Dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing, swallowing problems. Dysphagia is due to problems in nerve or muscle control. It is common, for example, after a stroke. Dysphagia compromises nutrition and hydration and may lead to aspiration pneumonia and dehydration.
First aid is a complicated subject and it is situation-specific. First aid is defined as the help and medical assistance someone a sick or injured person. Preparedness is key to first aid, like having basic medical emergency kits in your home, car, boat, or RV. Many minor injuries may require first aid, including cuts, puncture wounds, sprains, strains, and nosebleeds. Examples of more critical first aid emergencies include heart attacks, strokes, seizures, and heat stroke
Treatment & Diagnosis
- Dogbite- Fatal Dog Attacks
- Animal Bites - Cat, Dog & Others
- Do You Need Vaccinations Before Traveling Abroad?
- How Can I Protect My Pet From Rabies?
- Rabies: What to Do For a Dog, Cat, or Ferret Bite?
- Rabies: What If My Pet Is Bitten Or Scratched by a Wild Animal?
- Should I Worry About Rabies When I Travel Outside the U.S.?
- How Long Before You Travel Should You Have Rabies Vaccination?
- If I'm Vaccinated, Can I Still Get Rabies?
Prevention & Wellness
- Rare Utah Rabies Death Shows Public Health Failings, Says CDC
- Animal-to-Human Diseases at Fairs and Zoos
- Rabies Warning Issued for Walt Disney World Resort Area
- Bats Are Biggest Rabies Danger, CDC Says
- New Rabies Test Could Save Lives, Maybe Even Minus the Shots
- Health Tip: Avoiding Animal Bites
- Not All Fidos Are Friendly
- Health Tip: Dealing With a Dog Bite
- CDC Investigates Dead Bat Found in Recalled Salad
- Dead Bat Found in Fresh Express Packaged Salad
- Health Tip: Help Prevent Rabies
- Tips for Preventing Dog Bites
- Dog-Transmitted Rabies Kills 160 People a Day Worldwide: Study
- Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials Say
- Rabies Shots for Dogs Would Save People in Developing Countries: Study
- Details Emerge on Rabies Transplant Death
- Health Tip: Preventing Rabies
- Untreated Rabies May Not Be Lethal for All, Study Says
- Simple Steps Can Shield Children From Dog Bites
- Keeping Your Family Safe From Dog Bites
- Passengers on 'Bat' Plane Cleared of Rabies Risk
- Needle-Free Shots Make Vaccines Less Scary
- Texas Girl Recovers From Rabies Without Intensive Care
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