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Is Lockjaw Always Fatal
No: First of all, tetanus is relatively rare and has decreased in incidence since vaccination began in the 1940's. In the us, mortality rates recently have been around 15-20%, compared to 91% in the 1940's. It is much lower if one is vaccinated, with mortality rates around 6% if vaccinated. So get that vaccine or booster if you haven't! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tetanus: In the past, the painful hypercontraction of all muscles made breathing impossible. The tetanus bacillus, unlike most bacteria, grows best in dead tissue and used its toxin to kill its victims. Today, it is easy enough to paralyze the sufferer and put them on a ventilator until the disease passes. You still do not want to get tetanus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The treatment depends on several factors, which may include but are not limited to the frequency, the length of time your jaw remains locked, any unusual habits, your occlusion or bite, as well as any history of trauma to the face and jaws. A detailed exam and appropriate studies need to be performed to diagnose the cause before a definitive cure can be recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rock and slide jaw: This is due to dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint just below the ear. The cartilage catches on the other side of the joint and clicks as the joint moves. Sometimes the cartilage catches the other side and the jaw locks. If this starts to happen, do not try to close the morth - but keep it open, rock the joint from side to side and yawn and usually the jaw will snap into place. ...Read more
Tetanus or TMJ?: The diagnosis is made by history and physical examination. No specific lab test is available to diagnose tetanus. For TMJ lockjaw history past and present, physical examination, review of systems, neurologic exam, musculoskeletal exam and imaging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Limited movement: The condition is usually caused by muscle spasm usually due to clinching or grinding of you teeth. It can also be caused by jaw joint derangement or wear and tear. Moist heat compress and jaw stretching exercises will help. Soft diet for a few days till the symptom goes away. If this is a frequent event, appointment with your dentist is needed. He/she may refer you to a specialist. ...Read more
Lockjaw is...: Caused by the bacteria clostridium tetanii. If you are up-to-date on your dtap or tetanus boosters (usually recommended every 10 years, then you shouldn't have anything to worry about. There is nothing specific about working with animals and tetanus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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