Top
20
Doctor insights on: Is Tetanus Fatal

Share
1

1
Is tetanus always fatal?

Is tetanus always fatal?

No: Tetanus tends to be fatal more for the young and older patients. It is often fatal within the first week and forms that involve paralysis of the respiratory muscles are most difficult. Case fatality rates run from 5-30%. Recovery does not afford lifetime immunity. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
2

2
How is tetanus spread?

How is tetanus spread?

From the Dirt: Tetanus spores live in the dirt. It is contracted through a cut or wound that becomes contaminated with the organism. This could be a naturally curious question. However, If you are not immunized or have unimmunized children, run don't walk to your nearest pediatrician's office to rectify this situation! You are quite close to the Measles outbreak epicenter, tetanus could be next! ...Read more

3

3
How serious is tetanus?

How serious is tetanus?

Depends: Survival from tetanus depends on a variety of factors. Case fatality rate runs 30% or so with older and very young patients more likely to die. Personal fitness, access to antitoxin and other interventions can improve outcome. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
How is tetanus diagnosed?

How is tetanus diagnosed?

DiffIcult: History of injury, wound or after delivery is important. Pt has contractures of group of muscles like when smiling ironically (sardonic smile), and contractures of limbs. Life-threatening neurologic syndrome characterized by tonic muscle spasms and hyperreflexiatetanus toxin can be detected in serum, confirming a clinical diagnosis. Samples should be collected before immunoglobulin treatment. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
How dangerous is tetanus?

How dangerous is tetanus?

Serious Disease: Tetanus is very serious disease and although many will recover with treatment others may be fatal It is a preventable disease with proper immunisation ...Read more

6

6
What are tetanus shots for?

Prevent tetanus: Tetanus is a germ that exists all around us. It's spores spread the germs and can enter any break in the skin. A classical risky wound would be from a rusty nail or garden implement. The germ spores enter the wound and fester into an infection. Over time the germs begin to make a neurotoxin that enters the blood and causes the symptoms of tetanus. A simple tetanus shot, protects people from this toxin ...Read more

7

7
Is tetanus common in the us?

Is tetanus common in the us?

No: The pattern of immunization has reduced the frequency of tetanus in the US to 40 or less cases per year. These cluster with the unimmunized or incompletely immunized populations. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
What are the symptoms of tetanus?

Uncontrollable spasm: Uncontrollable straining of your back (your head is bent backward to the ground, and your back is twisted in the shape of a "u"), uncontrollable grimacing, and uncontrollable spasms of your muscles. It is significant if you recently had a puncture wound to the foot from the ground, or a puncture wound from a rusty nail anywhere on the body. If you are not immunized see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
What is an inactivated tetanus toxin?

What is an inactivated tetanus toxin?

Vaccine: Tetanus toxoid is an inactive (meaning it can't give you tetanus) ingredient in the tetanus vaccine. It is important to get this vaccine every 10 years as an adult. Also, consider getting the Tdap vaccine (with pertussis or whooping cough) instead if you are around young children under the age of 1-2 years old to help prevent them from getting pertussis. ...Read more

10

10
What is tetanus and how is it diagnosed?

TETANUS /LOCKJAW....: Acute spastic paralytic illness by neurotoxin produced by bacteria clostridium tetani that lives in soil, dust, intestine of animals; gain access thru contaminated wound. Diagnosed from symptoms: difficulty in chewing (trismus)/swallowing, stiffness, intractable spasm of facial muscle result in 'sardonic smile', spastic paralysis extends to abdomen/lumbar/hip/ thigh results in 'arched posture' etc. ...Read more

11

11
What are the characteristics of tetanus?

What are the characteristics of tetanus?

See below: Common signs and symptoms of tetanus are: spasms and stiffness in jaw muscles, stiffness of neck muscles, difficulty swallowing, stiffness of your abdominal muscles, and painful body spasms lasting for several minutes. Fever, sweating, elevated blood pressure, and rapid heart rate can also occur. ...Read more

12

12
How should you go about treating tetanus?

How should you go about treating tetanus?

Medicines & Vaccines: There are many drugs to treat tetanus. The ones used depend on the degree of illness. Antibiotics are used to treat the tetanus bug itself. A reconstituted antibody (part of the immune system) and muscle spasm relievers can be used if there's a significant infection. And a vaccine/booster is also given if indicated. Please see the cdc website for more info: http://www. Cdc. Gov/tetanus/about/. ...Read more

13

13
How to know if I have tetanus or something else?

See a doctor ASAP: If you have an infected wound and feel spasm and twitches in the area it will progress pretty rapid. The muscles become very tense and the jaw locks (trismus). The spasm could be so tense that can break the bones. It's a medical emergency and you can not wait and see. ...Read more

14

14
Is tetanus contagious?

No: You will not get tetanus from exposure to a person with the disease. The infected person cannot spread it by coughing, mucous secretions or other debris like a flu or cold. You get tetanus from spores (eggs) of a bacteria that germinate in a wound and create the tetanus toxin. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
15

15
Who needs tetanus shot?

Who needs tetanus shot?

Everyone: Everyone should have a current booster. This is case of exposure to tetanus through skin breakage through rusty meta or some animal bites for example. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
What is neonatal tetanus?

What is neonatal tetanus?

Affects babies <1mo: In cultures where tetanus immunization is not common, babies are born without any tetanus protection they would otherwise gain from their mother. If you add this to inconsistant hygene, unsterile tools used at delivery, or the application of dung (in some cultures) to speed the separation of the umbilical cord stump, these babies may acquire tetanus and die in the first month. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Why does rust cause tetanus?

Not the rust: It is not the rust, but bacteria that often live on rusty nails. It is the puncture wound that allows these bacteria to enter your body and grow in the relatively low oxygen environment of a puncture wound. ...Read more

18

18
When is a tetanus shot needed?

When is a tetanus shot needed?

After Primary Imm10y: The Immunisation to prevent Tetanus is started in first yearand up to 4to6 years of age called Primary Immunisation The vaccine used is DPT (Diptheria, Teatanus, Pertussis) and protects against 3 disease. Given at 2, 4, 6, 15-18 months and next 4to6 years. Then at age of 11 as Tdap vaccine.And a booster every 10 years after that as DT or Tdap. But if there is contaminated wound and last shot >5 yrs Shot ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
19

19
How common is neonatal tetanus?

How common is neonatal tetanus?

Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung (practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & there's a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
Is lockjaw a symptom of tetanus?

Yes: Tetanus is a serious, preventable, bacterial disease. Major symptoms include severe painful muscle spasm and stiffness of the neck and jaw. This is where the term "lockjaw" comes from. Patients also suffer from fever, chills, sweats, and trouble breathing. There is no cure, so prevention is key. Adults should receive tetanus vaccine every 5-10 years. ...Read more