What happens if a rabies infected dog bites you on the face?

Posted by sanoop @sanoop, May 28 2:21am

What happens if a dog bytes to Human face/ Eye ( If it is rabies infected)
As face is so close to brain , So How many days it may take to reach the brain? Is there a chance to reach within few hours?

Can we prevent infection 100% if we took immuno globin and vaccines within 4 hours post byte?
Do we need to take any other precautions or any preventative measure or checkups
( if happened to a men, 68 Years old)

Thanks

Any dog bite on the face that breaks the skin should immediately be seen in an emergency room

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Hello @sanoop and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I agree with @sueinmn. Please go to the emergency room.

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I’m sure in ER they asked you if the dog had tags and if you reported this to Animal Control. I went through having a dog bite two times, separated by four years. It’s distressing but luckily the shots are not painful. Please let us know how you are doing.

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@sueinmn

Any dog bite on the face that breaks the skin should immediately be seen in an emergency room

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Thanks for your comments, Yes, he got vaccinations and Medicine within four hours. I hope the rabies vaccine is 100% efficient even if the injury is on face. I am I right?

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I don’t know, that would be a good question for your care provider. Did you also get a tetanus shot? Are you getting the series of four shots? I hope you are doing well.

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