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A 42-year-old female asked:

About 25 days ahobi was bit by cat. didnt have tetanus shot until about 3 wls later. plus a round of doxucycline. but now my neck hurts and have some trouble swallowing. do u think i may have tetanus?

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Dr. Noel Alonso
Pediatrics 23 years experience
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 high, they may want you to receive not only the tetanus booster, but also the tetanus immune globulin. The other primary consideration would be cat scratch disease, in which case Doxycycline would have eliminated it.

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Last updated Jun 25, 2014

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