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I completed the rabies vaccination on 12/30/18. around the second

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Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

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Posted on Mon, 18 Feb 2019 in Infections
Question: I completed the rabies vaccination on 12/30/18. around the second shot I began getting burning sensation in arms and legs with pins and needles. This would come and go but really bad in the mornings and late at night.
It kinda wax and weens. My doctors feel that I have completed the vaccination serious and that I have full immunity for rabies at this time.
It sounds like Guillain Barre. My doctor has come to the conclusion I have diabetes, which I do not agree with as I have never had this before these vaccinations. What type of doctor should I see. Any ideas?
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
A rare side effect

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma’am, I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns but having a burning or tingling sensation is a rare but reported side effect of antirabies vaccine. However , there is no need to worry as this could be reversed by an antihistaminic such as citrizine once daily before going to bed along with vitamin b12 supplements.. I hope you find this helpful
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Follow up: Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 14 minutes later
Thank you so much, I thought this might be the case, but could not find this in any literature on internet nor from my doctors.
Thanks very much.
Lynn.
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
You are welcome

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma’am, you are welcome.. kind regards
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Follow up: Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 3 days later
Can you find out any information about this rabies vaccine reaction. It began with my second shot and that was 12/19/18. And it has continued every since only getting worse.
I have taken the antihistamine you recommended Zyrtec and that helped but it still keeps on. I tried 50 mg on benadryl and it does about the same. Either one is only masking the problem however. I have been told it could be my immune system attacking my nerves in error. Or damage to my nerves. Do you have any other suggestions. I am taking B12 and I don not know if that helps or not, maybe. Does anyone know how long this goes on.
Thank for your help, the antihistamine does help, but how long can I take them.
Thanks again.
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Follow up: Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 7 minutes later
Also do you have a suggestion as to what kind of specialist I should see, I have thought of neurologist, immunologist or an allergy doctor. Thanks again for your help.
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Allergy specialist

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Dear Ma’am, hello again.. you should continue on the antihistaminic daily for 14 days.. if after this period the symptoms returned then I would recommend that you take a mast cell stabilizer as singulair once daily for fourteen days.. An allergy specialist would also help. I hope you find this helpful..
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Follow up: Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 10 hours later
Thank you so much. I will try this. but what is a mast cell stabilizer?
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Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 41 hours later
Brief Answer:
Prevent mechanism of allergic reaction

Detailed Answer:
Dear Ma’am, hello again.. mast cell stabilizers prevent mast cells degradation which is responsible for allergic reactions.. I hope you find this helpful..
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