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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking ...Read more


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Cut thumb with razor blade. Clean cut. Got 2 stitches. Thumb hurts bad. Very sore. How long will pain last. Bout inch cut. Got tetanus shot also.

Cut thumb with razor blade. Clean cut. Got 2 stitches. Thumb hurts bad. Very sore. How long will pain last. Bout inch cut. Got tetanus shot also.

Hard to say: The digits are supplied with a higher number of nerve endings per square inch than most of the body.After this kind of injury the nerve endings will let you know they are not happy by causing pain.It may pesist with pain and hypersensitivity for weeks if not longer.After the wound is visably healed in 5-6 weeks, the site may still have odd hypersensitity to touch. ...Read more

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Will a tetanus shot hurt more than other shots?

Will a tetanus shot hurt more than other shots?

No it will not: Tetanus booster shots are given either as DT(Diptheria&Tetanus) or Tdap (DT&Pertussis) It does not hurt more than the other shots as it is given in upper arm with a very small needle ...Read more

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How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

Booster?: Depending on the circumstances of the cut and when you had your last tetanus booster. They should be given every 10 years. ...Read more

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What are ways to keep a tetanus shot from hurting so bad?

What are ways to keep a tetanus shot from hurting so bad?

Tetanus vaccination: Prior to receiving your vaccination you can take Acetaminophen or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. I personally place tiny acupuncture needles in the area surrounding vaccinations to prevent pain from occurring. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long it should hurt after a tetanus shot?

FewMinutesTo2to3days: Most of the time Tetanus shot given as DT or Tdap as combination shot with Diptheria and Pertussis only causes pain or discomfort at the time of injection.But some times you can get a reaction to the shot with little swelling at the site of injection and hurt may last 2to3 days In children it is always given as DPT and also given with 2or3 other shots and hurt may be due to multiple shots 2to3days ...Read more

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I'm getting my tetanus shot soon so how do I make that not hurt?

I'm getting my tetanus shot soon so how do I make that not hurt?

Relax: The initial pain can be reduced by the injector by gently pinching the skin to be injected. You can reduce the pain by getting your arm into a comfortable relaxed position. Discomfort after the shot will depend on your current immunity. ...Read more

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I got a tetanus shot and it hurts for more than 6 days what is the problem?

Injection: There may have been a small bleed at the, you may be allergic to something in the preparation, it may have been adjacent to a nerve, something else may be going on. If this continues, go back and see the doctor, . ...Read more

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I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?

I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago.  No tetanus shot fir over 30 years.  Should I get tetanus shot now?

Yes,: Although the cat scratch is irrelevant to the answer to your question. If you have not had a tetanus shot for over 30 years you are well overdue. Please get your flu vaccine at the same time. ...Read more

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How badly do I have to bleed from a wound to need another tetanus shot?

How badly do I have to bleed from a wound to need another tetanus shot?

Tetanus EVERY 5-10yr: If a wound is dirty (contaminated with dirt/wood/metal etc.) and your last tetanus shot was >5 years ago then you may need a tetanus shot. With whooping cough epidemics all over the country it is best to get a tdap shot (tetanus+whooping cough) anyway. Generally, you need a tetanus shot every 10 years no matter the situation. ...Read more

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Why is it bad to weight lift after tetanus shot?

Why is it bad to weight lift after tetanus shot?

You decide: If you have a good routine and want to continue, a simple workout will not interfere with the eventual benefit of a vaccine. The workout may help reduce the soreness associated in the affected muscle group. ...Read more

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How long is my arm going to hurt after getting a tetanus shot?

Few Minutes to2-3DAY: Most of the time there is only slight pain or discomfort lasting few minute.But some patients get a local reaction with swelling and pain and may last 2to3 days Most adult patients in my experience do not complain of pain at all.Children will cry when the shot is given.Some children may get a reaction and will be fussy for couple of days and may have slight swelling as we give more than one shot ...Read more

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I haven't had a booster and i am 66 years old do i need a tetanus shot because i have a bad cut from a kitchen appliance.

Tetanus: You need a booster because you're 66 and haven't had one in many years however it is unrelated to the kitchen appliances. That Miss Liz on Rusty anoxic areas and will affect humans from dirty rusty instruments I will assume your kitchen appliances a relatively clean and rust free ...Read more

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Will a tetanus shot make my armpit hurt?

Will a tetanus shot make my armpit hurt?

The site of the shot: ; surrounding area may be sore for 3 to 4 days but I am not familiar with axillary (arm pit) pain. ...Read more

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What do I do if i just got a tetanus shot and have a bad headache and itching on parts my body.?

What do I do if i just got a tetanus shot and have a  bad headache  and itching on parts my body.?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Tetanus shot on 12/1 - 4 days later red, swollen area just below the injection site. It hurts a lot, itches, and is hot to the touch. Is this normal?

Tetanus shot on 12/1 - 4 days later red, swollen area just below the injection site. It hurts a lot, itches, and is hot to the touch. Is this normal?

No: Please see a doctor, you may very well have developed infection at the site of injection, happens sometimes, but needs treatment, might need an antibiotic, good luck ...Read more