Rat Bites - A Danger Everyone Is Exposed To

Rat bites are a threat to which anyone is exposed at home, at work and even while taking a rest during the holiday at a remote place in the wild. To minimize the chances of being bitten by rodents, which can transmit up to 70 various kinds of disease, check out our complete guide on rat prevention which offers 100% effective ideas and solutions for rat control at home, at the office or even for your car.

Rat Bites – Symptoms and Dangers

Rats bite pretty quick and most of the times a person is unable to avoid it. In some occasions, injuries from rat bites are even hard to be recognized as such and individuals bitten by the rodents need to be aware of all symptoms which signalize the reason for the injury has been a rat.

Being aware of what has bitten you is essential for the following treatment. Disinfection of the place and additional specialized treatment is a must for anyone who’s been attacked by a rat as there are tons of bacteria in their mouth.

Always seek for medical help if you get bitten by a rodent, especially any of the common rat species in UK as the wound might need a professional treatment such as stitches and disinfection with complex medicaments such as rabies shot. This is often needed in case the rat is a wild one.

Rat Bite Symptoms

  • Redness
    This is a normal reaction from the bite since flesh has been damaged by the rat’s teeth. Part of it is removed or penetrated and your body needs to receive a signal that something is wrong. Do not do any complex treatment, just make sure the wound is disinfected and try to find a medical help as fast as possible
  • Rash
  • Fever
    If streptobacillus bacteria is transmitted on a human being after the bite, symptoms like fever and vomiting may occur because of streptobacillus moniliformis infection. Such complaints are very likely to appear after the wound has healed and up to 10 days have passed after the bite. Additional symptoms of a more complicated infection may be:
  • Pain in the joints
  • Swollenness of the whole limb

Rat Bite Treatment Explained

Rat bite treatment is a must for anyone who’s been bitten by this rodent. The consequences of not treating the wound may turn out to be even fatal in the long term if being ignorant about it. To do things properly, always be informed on what supplies to use, read carefully all the instructions we provide and don’t forget to check out the additional tips on rat bites we’ll give in the end of this section.

Required Supplies For Rat Bite Treatment

Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Soap is required to clean the wound. You can use any similar antibacterial agent.

  • Use only clean, fresh water which is not too warm or too cold.

  • The antibiotic cream is supposed to prevent further infections.

  • After treated with the medicine, it’s best to weave the spot of the bite with sterilised gauze.

  • Hydrogen peroxide is applied after the wound is treated is cleaned with water and soap and before it is wrapped with gauze.

To achieve effective and proper treatment of the affected area these materials need to be supplied immediately. If you don’t have a medical kid at home or in the car, get one, it usually consists of most of the things listed above. In case of emergencies, go to the nearest pharmacy.

Instruction To Treat Rat Bite Wounds

  • Remove anything that makes contact with the wound. That would usually be: any jewellery, clothes, accessories of all kind and most importantly – filth.
  • If there is bleeding, it needs to be stopped immediately. Use any absorbent which is completely sterile such as a bandage or gauze and apply it to the area that’s been bitten by applying enough pressure to stop the bleeding.
  • Carefully examine the wound after the bleeding has stopped and ensured a complete treatment all over the place and around it with soap and warm water.
  • A disinfectant must be applied afterwards. You can use the hydrogen peroxide and if it isn’t such at hand, apply any type of liquid that contains pure alcohol.
  • The antibiotic cream is applied last right before sealing the wound with the bandage.Make sure your hand are clean when doing the treatment. The soap is supposed to be used for washing your hands too, not just the wound.
  • To ease the pain from the rat bite certain drugs such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be taken in amounts according to the recipient’s age, weight and overall health status.

Rat Bite Fever

Rat bite fever is a human illness which is transmitted by rodents, especially rats and can affect human beings primarily after contact with the rodent’s urine. A secretion, coming from the mouth, eyes or the nose of the rat is the source of streptobacillus and is transmitted usually after direct contact with the animal such as a bite.

Any pets people live with can also be a carrier of the disease if they have been toо close to an infected rodent. Check the full information on rat-bite fever if interested in learning more about the rat-transmitting disease.

Rat Bite Fever Symptoms Caused by Streptobacillus Moniliformis

When the fever is caused by this bacterium, it usually takes aproximately from 3 to 10 days to heal. The most common symptoms of rat bite fever caused by streptobacillus moniliformis are:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Skin rash
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)
  • Arthritis (particularly in the knees)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart inflammation
  • Meningitis

Rat Bite Fever Symptoms From Spirillum Minus

Spirillum minus is the other common bacteria which may be transmitted during a rat bite and which leads to rat bite fever of a bit different type.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Skin rash
  • Muscle pain and arthriti
  • Sore throat
  • Heart infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Hepatitis
  • Ulceration near the bite

Don’t take the risk of getting a rat bite. In case of heavy rat infestation, call the professional exterminators from Panther Pest Control who can handle any type of rat problem at your property.

We are a commercial service provider, therefore we produce content with informational purposes only. This site does not offer medical advice.

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