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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pain: It is possible to have pain and discomfort for several days after an immunization. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) and apply cold packs. It should improv ... Read More

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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Most likely: You are most likely protected from tetanus. However, watch the wound closely. Cat and dog bites are prone to develop infection. Also has the cat had r ... Read More
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Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Cat scratch: The bigger concern is cat scratch fever. If you should start running an unexplained fever or swollen lymph glands see your doctor or go yo the er imme ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
It is not the cat: its claws , they walk on dirt , dung , and where tetanus spores are prevalent will carry and infect the person ,reason to have tetanus prophylaxis ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Incubation phase: The listed incubation for tetanus is 3-21 days with most starting to have symptoms within 8. From your statement it appears you were likely not expose ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Unlikely, but...: If you had any prior tetanus vaccines, the odds of contracting tetanus is slim. But, if you are having spasms & stiffness in your jaw muscles, neck mu ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
35 years experience Pediatrics
Cat bite: For sure you need a tetanus shot and proof that the barn cat has updated rabies shots. I would seek treatment at a local emergency room or urgent care ... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Noel Alonso
23 years experience Pediatrics
A possibility...: As you are still in the time frame where tetanus may show up clinically, it is a good idea to get this checked out by your doctor. If suspicion is hig ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
52 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Bitten by cat two days ago: No, is fine have the vaccination. is the skin red? tender? swollen? those are symptoms of infection. Were you vaccinated in the past? if yes have it a ... Read More

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