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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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How long is my arm going to hurt after getting a tetanus shot?

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

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Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Mohammad Ashori Dr. Ashori
Family Medicine
12 years in practice
University of California - David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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I had to get a tetanus shot and monday will make it two weeks ago. My arm still hurts and is sore when moving it. Is this common?

I had to get a tetanus shot and monday will make it two weeks ago. My arm still hurts and is sore when moving it. Is this common?

Normal: The soreness can last for several weeks. If you are able to move the arm and there is no overlying skin changes you are safe to watch it. Exercise and gentle massage can help.

Dr. Robin Larabee Dr. Larabee
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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How long might a tetanus shot make your arm sore?

How long might a tetanus shot make your arm sore?

Not long: The soreness should go away after a couple of days. If it has been more than 7 to 10 days, call your doctor to check it.

Dr. Robert Patterson Dr. Patterson
Family Medicine
39 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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How long should an arm ache for after a tetanus shot?

How long should an arm ache for after a tetanus shot?

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 material there. Will answer all possible questions. In my experience, if someone is pretty active, they will notice the site being "sore" for a few hours to a day or so.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How long should a tetanus shot keep your arm sore?

How long should a tetanus shot keep your arm sore?

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.

Dr. Ray Holt Dr. Holt
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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How long is it normal for an arm ache after a tetanus shot?

How long is it normal for an arm ache after a tetanus shot?

Ice packs: If site of injection is painful apply ice packs for 20 minutes 4 times daily. It will help to relieve pain.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How long is it normal for a tetanus shot make your arm sore?

How long is it normal for a tetanus shot make your arm sore?

Usually: Usually the majority of discomfort from a tetanus vaccination resolves within 3 to 4 days.

Dr. Robert Knox Dr. Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
33 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale Dr. Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
69 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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Dr. Troy Ross Dr. Ross
Occupational Medicine
20 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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I had a tetanus shot and now a few days later I have a big lump on my arm and its red and hurts?

I had a tetanus shot and now a few days later I have a big lump on my arm and its red and hurts?

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.

Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Long story short, my brothers cat attacked me and I have more than a few scratches on my lower arm. Do I need to see a doctor for a tetanus shot?

Long story short, my brothers cat attacked me and I have more than a few scratches on my lower arm. Do I need to see a doctor for a tetanus shot?

No; however...: The tetanus spores are surprisingly common in our environment but tetanus is rare; tetanus can not grow in an environment with oxygen so the only wounds that have a risk of tetanus are deep puncture wounds. Scratches will never cause tetanus, But you might get other bacterial infections like Cat Scratch Fever (Bartonella). Clean the wound well & watch for infection. See https://tinyurl. Com/khla9r6

Dr. Marissa Chesney Dr. Chesney
General Practice
8 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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Hello! I recently had surgery late Friday night ever since then my back and chest has hurt so bad I have a dry cough, also my arms are so sore feels like I've had a tetanus shot in each arms they are achy not sure what's going on?

Hello! I recently had surgery late Friday night ever since then my back and chest has hurt so bad I have a dry cough, also my arms are so sore feels like I've had a tetanus shot in each arms they are achy not sure what's going on?

Unsure: It is difficult to say, given this little information. Whether it is to be expected or not depends on what the surgery was for, what type of anesthesia was used, your general medical health/fitness, etc.

Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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Received a tetanus shot yesterday due to a cat bite and my entire arm hurts. I can barely move my shoulder with out moderate pain. Is it normal?

Received a tetanus shot yesterday due to a cat bite and my entire arm hurts. I can barely move my shoulder with out moderate pain. Is it normal?

Pain: It is possible to have pain and discomfort for several days after an immunization. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) and apply cold packs. It should improve. If it is where you were bitten, be rechecked. All the best.

Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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Last night had a tetanus shot on the arm. Now the arm has swollen n hurts a lot. It was a nurse who gave the injection not a doctor. Is this normal??

Last night had a tetanus shot on the arm. Now the arm has swollen n hurts a lot. It was a nurse who gave the injection not a doctor. Is this normal??

Yes: It is not unusual to have swelling and pain for 1-2 days after a tetanus shot. If you continue to have pain and swelling or if the area is red, have it checked. A nurse gives a better shot than a doctor :-). All the best and I hope it fells better.

Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
Podiatry
24 years in practice
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While exercising my arm got a bit scratched by my own footnail. Washed it with dettol soap. Tetanus? Need I get tetanus shot? It's red n a bit swollen.

It is likely: Infected the way you describe an an antibioitc would be appropriate. Your tetanus should always be upto date.

Dr. Dan Fisher Dr. Fisher
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Got stuck in the fore arm with a rusty nail, last tetanus shot 5-6 yrs ago, arm hurts /swollan/redish around cut. Can I wait till morning to see how i?

Got stuck in the fore arm with a rusty nail, last tetanus shot 5-6 yrs ago, arm hurts /swollan/redish around cut. Can I wait till morning to see how i?

See below.: Tetanus shot is probably good although would certainly not hurt to get another. Major concern is acute infection with much more common organisms such as staph and strep. Anytime there is rapidly expanding or advancing redness, pain, swelling and / or fever you need to see a doc ASAP to be treated or closely monitored. If this is not the case then waiting a few hours to start treatment is OK.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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.