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Doctor insights on: Most Common Victims Of Tetanus

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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

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Is tetanus common with migrant workers?

Is tetanus common with migrant workers?

Could be: Migrant workers have poor access to healthcare and may not have been immunized against tetanus. They also may work in unsafe conditions with greater chances of injury. Thus, they are more likely be infected than those who have been immunized. ...Read more

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How common is tetanus in the united states?

How common is tetanus in the united states?

Very rare: About 30-50 cases of tetanus are reported to the cdc annually in the us, and unlike in the past, only about 15-25% die. This low # is attributed to the high vaccination rate.

As a starting point, for more information, see: http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5203a1.Htm. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of tetanus disease?

What are common symptoms of tetanus disease?

"Lockjaw" starts 1st: spasms of face & neck, with drooling, difficulty swallowing/breathing. Spasms progress to entire body, with arched back & neck. They last a few minutes, but are relentlessly repetitive for 3-4 weeks (if patient lives that long) & strong enough to break bones or suffocate the patient
Systemic signs include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, sweating, nervous system dysfunction & death. ...Read more

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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

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What is the most common cause of tetanus or lockjaw?

What is the most common cause of tetanus or lockjaw?

You mean trismus: Trismus is a common condition caused by hyper activity of the jaw muscles. This causes them to be dire and stiff thus limiting opening. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do tetanus and diphtheria have in common?

I was wondering what do tetanus and diphtheria have in common?

Bacterial diseases: The most important thing for you to know that these are both bacterial diseases that have been conquered by immunization -- so long as we can get the immunization to people, overcoming superstition and slick disinformation campaigns. The bacteria are still very much with us. Both diseases are agonizing and often lethal. ...Read more

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Is it common to feel extremely drowsy, tired and week days after Tetanus-Diphtheria booster shot? I am an adult.

Is it common to feel extremely drowsy, tired and week days after Tetanus-Diphtheria booster shot? I am an adult.

Less likely: There are more local reaction of the skin, 'There can be mild systemic side effects as mild tiredness and drowsiness but not after weeks, it is less likely ...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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3rd day post tetanus injection in left arm. Arm swollen, red, and warm. Should CT follow up with dr. Or is this common after the 3rd day.

Possible infection: Tetanus vaccines tend to cause some swelling a pain more than other vaccines but warmth is a sign of possible infection and should be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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I just cut myself on some rusty metal, should I be ok? How rare is tetanus in the u.S.?

I just cut myself on some rusty metal, should I be ok? How rare is tetanus in the u.S.?

Rare because of shot: Tetanus spores are everywhere in nature and in high levels in some sites like the soil. Any break in the skin can allow tetanus spores in, where they create an infection that produces tetanus toxin/tetanus as a disease. As long as you completed a primary series & booster within 10 yrs you should be fine. If not get one within a few days. Tend the wound & observe for any sign of infection. ...Read more

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What causes tetanus?

Germs produce toxin: Tetanus is produced by germs that exist as spores (eggs) in the dirt worldwide. The contamination of any open wound by these spores allows them to germinate and multiply. They produce a toxic chemicle that circulates locally or throughout the body to produce the symptoms of tetanus. If vaccinated, your body is protected from this chemical. ...Read more

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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

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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

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How does tetanus spread?

Dirty wound: Tetanus spores exist in the dirt worldwide. A wound in dirty skin or touched by contaminate fingers can transfer spores to the wound that then germinate. The germs produce a toxin as they grow that gets in the blood to produce tetanus. Tetanus is not spread person to person. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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Does tetanus have a vector?

Dirt: The vector is dirt that contaminates a wound. ...Read more

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How can tetanus cause death?

Paralyzes breathing: Tetanus makes the muscles contract all at the same time, which is very painful and eventually makes it impossible to breathe. If someone gets tetanus, and it happens because people can't get or refuse immunization, nowadays we can paralyze the patient and put him/her on a ventilator until the disease subsides. ...Read more

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How long do tetanus shots last?

5 years if wound: Tetanus vaccine is valid for 9 years if you have no injuries. If you have an outdoor laceration or puncture wound, you should get vaccinated within 24 hrs if your prev tetanus is older than 5 years. If you have not had a tetanus vaccine since 2005, you should get booster that contains pertussis vaccine also. This will protect you and children around you from whooping cough. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have tetanus?

You will be Sick: Tetanus is a serious infection and you will have symptoms of the disease
Symptoms
Muscle rigidity
Trismus or locked jaw
Difficulty Swallowing
Muscle spasms
Breathing Dificulty in severe cases ...Read more

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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

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Could small cuts develop tetanus?

Could small cuts develop tetanus?

Depends: Small dirty cuts are openings in the skin that can allow the tetanus spores to grow in your tissue. It doesn't take many to start the process ; lead to tetanus. If you've had a booster within 5 yrs, just clean the cut ; watch for problems. If no booster, or you never completed the primary series, you should get one. Today they have the tdap which actually boosts you for tetanus, diphtheria ; pertussis. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about tetanus?

Tetanus: You shouldn't worry, especially if you've had your tetanus boosters every 5-10 years. If you haven't received it, get it for the tetanus coverage, but more importantly for pertussis (whooping cough) coverage. ...Read more