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Really small injury, source unsure, risk of tetanus after feet cramping, similar symptoms etc, what can I do?

Really small injury, source unsure, risk of tetanus after feet cramping, similar symptoms etc, what can I do?

When was your last: Tetanus shot? If > 10 years or you don't know, then get one. Tetanus (lockjaw) usually starts with mild spasm of the jaw as well as the chest, neck, back and abdomen. If you have an open wound that occurred when outside or has been in contact with soil or there is a puncture wound these are higher risk for tetanus. If concerned seek medical evaluation. ...Read more

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An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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S it possible for TETANUS to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade ? I can't move my neck , not sure if it's my gym or tetanus ?

S it possible for TETANUS to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade ? I can't move my neck , not sure if it's my gym or tetanus ?

Prevent tetanus : It's unlikely u have tetanus a month after a contaminated injury. Most cases occur about a week or 10 days from the injury. Certain wounds are more likely than others to lead to tetanus-what's necessary is for the organisms to grow and produce toxin. Deep wounds, crush injuries, dirt contamination etc are risks. Would make sure your vaccines are up to date- tetanus is an awful disease. Hope u c MD ...Read more

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Is it possible for TETANUS to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade ?

Is it possible for TETANUS to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade ?

Theoretically: Possible. There have been some cases where tetanus developed weeks after exposure, but typically incubation period is about 1 week. In addition you would have some significant symptoms, difficulty, swallowing, fever, rapid heart rate, sweats, spasm of abdominal , jaw and neck muscles. ...Read more

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If I have a small injury (source unsure), what is my risk of tetanus?

If I have a small injury (source unsure), what is my risk of tetanus?

A cut is a cut: Tetanus is possible when any cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around, predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it. Even if low risk it serves as a reminder to update your protection.If > 10 yrs get the s ...Read more

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How soon after injury should I receive a tetanus shot?

How soon after injury should I receive a tetanus shot?

Depends: The recommendations vary depending on past vaccine history and wound. If the vaccine series was completed within the past 5 years and the wound minor & cleaned quickly, none needed. After 5-10yr, not unless wound is complex or dirty.At>10yr yes for all wounds within 24hrs.If never vaccinated or initial series not complete, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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What kind of injuries might allow tetanus to enter the body?

What kind of injuries might allow tetanus to enter the body?

Any broken skin: Tetanus spores require only access to an open wound (cut or puncture)to begin the process of growth and elaboration of the toxin of tetanus. The nastier and dirtier the wound, the more likely you are to find tetanus a factor. As long as the skin is not broken, concern is minimal. ...Read more

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When is it too late to get a tetanus shot from the day of the injury?

Never to late: The incubation period prior to the onset of tetanus symptoms can take several days to several months, depending on the location of the inoculation. ...Read more

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I got an injury 2-3 days ago. Can I still get a tetanus shot or is it too late?

I got an injury 2-3 days ago. Can I still get a tetanus shot or is it too late?

Better late: than never if your vaccines are not up to date. It wouldn't be a bad idea to have it checked for a secondary infection at the same time. ...Read more