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after a tetanus shot arm is red to the elbow

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Dr. Troy Ross
Dr. Troy Ross answered
23 years experience Occupational Medicine
An expected reaction: A sore red area at the site of a vaccination is what happens when your healthy immune system reacts to the shot. It should only last 2-3 days.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
It is likely : Infected the way you describe an an antibioitc would be appropriate. Your tetanus should always be upto date.
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Dr. James Rochester
25 years experience Family Medicine
No: Concern here would be for possible infection vs significant local reaction to the injection. You need to be evaluated by your doctor. Best of luck. ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Cold compress: Taking Ibuprofen 2 doses, 8 hours apart, would also help alleviating pain or discomfort associated.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Patterson
42 years experience Family Medicine
It varies: Everything you ever wanted to know about all immunizations, including the tetanus vaccine can be found at- http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/ great ma ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Usually a few days.: Usually resolves within several days. A week at the most.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keith Ramsey
35 years experience Adolescent Medicine
Yes: That is the normal response. It can last for a couple of weeks.
A 68-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Most likely no: I am going to assume that you have had your basic series of three tetanus injections, and have had a booster in the last ten years. Otherwise, go get ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
No: But it will settle down if you leave it alone.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Could be several day: Generally this is mild and does not last very long. If it persists past three days and is not improving, see your doctor.

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