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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 ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 can be applied to a swollen arm after a tetanus shot?

What can be applied to a swollen arm after a tetanus shot?

Cold compress: Taking Ibuprofen 2 doses, 8 hours apart, would also help alleviating pain or discomfort associated. ...Read more

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I had a combined tetanus shot a week ago. I shave severe pain shootin through my arm still, if I move it other then close to the body. What is this?

I had a combined tetanus shot a week ago. I shave severe pain shootin through my arm still, if I move it other then close to the body. What is this?

Side effect: While any vaccine can cause soreness at the site of injection, tetanus can cause pain involoving the whole arm for few days, try over-the -counter pain killers, but take them on regular basis for 2 -3 days, if symptoms persist or you develop more symtoms, please seek medical attention, good luck ...Read more

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Do I need a tetanus shot after I got a kitchen grease burn on my arm?

Do I need a tetanus shot after I got a kitchen grease burn on my arm?

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 one. ...Read more

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Expert opinion - should my arm be sore if I take a tetanus shot the day before a taekwondo tournament?

Expert opinion - should my arm be sore if I take a tetanus shot the day before a taekwondo tournament?

possibly: Possibly. I like to do do pushups right after I get the shot. I also place small acupuncture needles in the surrounding area to disperse it well. ...Read more

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Do I need another tetanus shot if skin on my arm broke from something with rust? I received my childhood Dtap vacs and received a tetanus vac about 5 months ago because of another cut from rust? I cleaned it well and bandaged it will I be okay?

Do I need another tetanus shot if skin on my arm broke from something with rust? I received my childhood Dtap vacs and received a tetanus vac about 5 months ago because of another cut from rust? I cleaned it well and bandaged it will I be okay?

No need: If you had a tetanus booster 5 months ago, you do not need more. It is not rust that causes tetanus, it is due to contamination with soil containing the tetanus bacteria/spores.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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I had a tetanus shot the day b4 thanksgiving because I cut my thumb open and had 9 stitches. Now I have pain in the arm and can't move it much..

I had a tetanus shot the day b4 thanksgiving because I cut my thumb open and had 9 stitches. Now I have pain in the arm and can't move it much..

Pain in the hand,: Going up the arm, with swelling and redness is sign of an infection from a cut in the finger and treatament should be sought immediately. Pain in the area of the tetanus shot can be from a local reaction but can also mean that the area is irritated too much. In either case or if both pain that limits motion in the arm after a laceration in the thumb is not normal and you need follow up care now. ...Read more

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I received a tetanus shot on tuesday. Last night I couldn't sleep because my entire arm and hand were throbbing with pain? What's going on?

I received a tetanus shot on tuesday. Last night I couldn't sleep because my entire arm and hand were throbbing with pain? What's going on?

Shot reaction: This is not an uncommon reaction to a vaccine. Checking the blood for immunity to a specific vaccine is a good idea before getting another one. Once a reaction occurs, the next time could cause a worse reaction. ...Read more

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I had the flu shot and tetanus shot today, one in each arm and I don't feel so good. Shoukd they not have done them together?

I had the flu shot and tetanus shot today, one in each arm and I don't feel so good. Shoukd they not have done them together?

Recovery: Well, you've asked your immune system to 'multi-task' - processing 2 vaccines at one time, that cover for multiple diseases (several strains of flu, several different diseases- diphtheria, ? pertussis with the tetanus shot). It's completely NORMAL to feel this way. Kind of like going to the gym and working out - you definitely feel it. I expect you'll recover fine. Sleep, chicken soup, rest, etc. ...Read more

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Friday the 25th my mom got a tetanus shot and her arm is still hurting and also she had terrible migraines, fevers of 100.4 and up and is a bit nausea?

Friday the 25th my mom got a tetanus shot and her arm is still hurting and also she had terrible migraines, fevers of 100.4 and up and is a bit nausea?

I am sorry!: Tetanus Injection hurts for at least 3 days. Fever could be from injection. Did she get it as a part of Preventive visit or because of some external injury? If she has would, check that it is not infected,
Her migraine is making her nauseous. Migraine Could have been triggered by this Injection.
Have her drink plenty of water, Tyleno for pain and Fever and rest. She will feel better tomorrow ...Read more

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I got a tetanus shot and now my arm from my shoulder to my elbow is completely swollen and is pulsing pain throughout. Is that much swelling normal?

I got a tetanus shot and now my arm from my shoulder to my elbow is completely swollen and is pulsing pain throughout. Is that much swelling normal?

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. Dr R ...Read more

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I had a tetanus shot almost four weeks ago. It had the whooping cough booster I still have arm pain intense it I lay on it?

I had a tetanus shot almost four weeks ago. It had the whooping cough booster I still have arm pain intense it I lay on it?

Tetanus shot: Although the tetanus vaccine does cause more muscle irritation and discomfort than other vaccines, it is unusual for you you to still have pain in your arm. In most cases, the soreness resolves in 5-7 days at the latest. You definitely should see your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Small puncture on forearm from nail last night. Made appointment for tetanus shot tomorrow a.m. Soon enough to prevent tetanus? Last shot 11 yrs ago.

Yes: Make sure you clean out the wound and monitor it for swelling, redness and drainage. Tetanus is not the only germ to worry about. ...Read more

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How long can you wait to get a tetanus shot?

Scedule:: 2m, 4m, 6m, 18m, 4 years, 11years and then every 10 years. If you got dirty wound, do shot asap! Don't weit. ...Read more

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How long do you have before you step on a nail or something to get a tetanus shot, what if you can't get one for a few hours after the incident?

How long do you have before you step on a nail or something to get a tetanus shot, what if you can't get one for a few hours after the incident?

Varies: We encourage the injection within 24-48 hours. Good wound cleaning as soon as possible after the injury helps prevent a wound infection by any germ with or without tetanus spores that may be there. If you've had the primary series and your last booster was within 10 years, the shot is optional but a good decision because you can boost your protection for another decade. ...Read more