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    So hi I'm pretty much new to this forums and seeing how there are people like me who are also anxious about their health gives me a sense of tiny relief knowing that I'm not alone.
    But anyways, I've been worrying for the past 5 days because you see, I had a scab on my right leg that looks like a bite mark.. now I dont recall any animal biting me while I was awake so I was thinking it might be an insect or something.From what I remember, I kept itching that spot over the past few days before I even notice the scabs, but I got worried because what if a bat or rat bit me while I was asleep?
    I consulted a doctor about it and told me it looks like a rat/cockroach bite and prescribed me some medicine and ointment, but I'm still not convinced because I searched dr. google what those bites look like and it looks nothing closer to mine, so what i am worrying about is rabies unfortunately bats are not really common around my area and dogs/cats are the more common source of rabies here, but I'm still worried.
    Here's what the "bite" looks like:


    What I really hate about myself is how im very forgetful so I cant really remember where and when I exactly got this so called wound...
    I need some 2nd opinion from you guys cuz seriously its affecting my anxiety and depression so bad.

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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbletea View Post
    I kept itching that spot over the past few days before I even notice the scabs
    There's the answer. You had a persistent itch and scratched it hard enough to cause the wound. Mystery solved. No invisible rats or bats

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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    I would be going with the doctor's diagnosis of a bite and following his/her recommended course of treatment.

    Given your bat population and indigenous rabies your doctors will be adept at looking out for possible bites that need treatment.
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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    Oh dear. As if invisible bats were not enough; now we have invisible rats too. Someone suggested a sub-forum for rabies fear. Well, I think the moderators should open a rabies thread where everyone who fears rabies can post their fear. Maybe they THEN will realise how irrational this is. Or maybe not.

    OP - stop.googling.rabies.NOW!

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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    There is no way anything would have biten you that hard for you not to notice.

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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    It looks to me like a bug bite you scratched too hard and it has now scabbed over.

    I've had this happen, oh, hundreds of times. My scabs always look EXACTLY like that.
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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    Thanks for the replies guys
    I went to another doctor today and thankfully the consultation is free. I showed her the scabs and since the common source of rabies here is dogs & cats, I wouldn't worry about it and bats are rare here in my country except in the provinces. The only thing she pointed out is it could be a possible rat bite or an itch that turned into a scab.
    Being an anxious person, my mind drifted off from "bat bite" to "rat bite" and instead of worrying about rabies, it turned into leptospirosis (it's crazy I know)
    I don't want to believe my crazy thoughts but sometimes it gets me... Because for the past few days it had been raining hard and I went outside to buy some stuffs wearing only flip-flops. I'm more worried what if I stepped on a contaminated puddle and it got into my scabs
    I never told my friends and family about this because they'll see me as a paranoid person and they'll just laugh it off

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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    Update: I asked our neighbors who lives near if they've seen any bats flying/prowling these days and bad news, they said yes (just when I thought bats are pretty rare in the city)... And now my anxiety rose up again!
    I usually sleep with the curtains open so I'm very very worried what if a bat bit me while I was asleep? Also my uncle (who lives with us) caught a bat in our home but that was way back in 2011
    It's still day 0 of my shots cuz I haven't got any yet
    Ps: my family doesn't believe me :(

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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    Iím sorry that this is still bothering you. And that you donít have support from your family.
    Do you have support from anyone about your anxiety? Because as much as this forum is supportive to your concerns, it is also all about anxiety. Have you had any help for anxiety before? Do you need some?


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    Re: Worried about this wound of mine that looks like a bite

    You don't need shots. You need help for HA. Your family doesn't believe you as there's nothing for them to believe. Bats don't swoop in, bite, and then leave.

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