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Doctor insights on: Prevention Of Tetanus Neonatorum

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What are the reason of tetanus neonatorum?

What are the reason of tetanus neonatorum?

See below: Neonatal tetanus is common in developing countries where pregnant women are not properly immunized against tetanus and unsterile handling of umbilical cord is prevalent. ...Read more

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Can tetanus be prevented?

Can tetanus be prevented?

Yes: Tetanus can be prevented by a readily available vaccine. It is often administered as part of a combination vaccine during infancy and as boosters as one grows older. The protection may wain over time so all older kids and adults should renew their protection every 5-10 years based on lifestyle. Unimmunized folks may benefit from localized wound care and special hyper immune globulin. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have the tetanus bacteria active in one’s body for an extended period of time without having death result?

Is it possible to have the tetanus bacteria active in one’s body for an extended period of time without having death result?

No risk, no worry: Tetanus bacteria only cause localized infections, usually in the skin. They don't survive and are not carried "for an extended period of time". If you don't have a recent wound or skin infection, there is no possibility you have tetanus. Don't worry about it. ...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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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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How often are tetanus shots needed?

How often are tetanus shots needed?

Depends on situation: To maintain protection over a lifetime booster shots every 10 years are recommended. If you work in & around gardens & other soil based terrain on a regular basis, or have a cut after 5 years in such a setting, a booster may be reasonable. This is based on one having had the basic tetanus series in the past. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am at risk of tetanus?

Tetanus risk.: If you have an open wound that occurred when outside or has been in contact with soil or there is a puncture wound these are higher risk for tetanus. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus shot or you don't know when it was - that also ^'s risk. ...Read more

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How much time is taken to cure tetanus?

How much time is taken to cure tetanus?

Depends: Treatment of tetanus depends on the patient, type of tetanus and severity. The earlier in the disease tetanus is detected, the course of treatment can be shorter. Giving Tetanus Immune Globulin also helps the shorten the treatment time. Recovery also depends if you have localized tetanus or generalized. ...Read more

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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 can tourists need to know about tetanus?

What can tourists need to know about tetanus?

Tetanus: Tetanus is not an airborn illness, it occurs form injury if it is contaminated. If the tourist is going to involve in some injury prone activities, should better update tetanus immunization.
Routinely, everybody should get tetanus booster every 10 years. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have tetanus?

Can you tell me how to know if I have tetanus?

You'll know: There's no mistaking lockjaw. Everybody around you will recognize that you are seriously sick with every muscle in your body contracting at maximum intensity. ...Read more

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What are symptom of initial stages of tetanus?

Tetanus: Gosh! It so rare-- and thankfully so! As name suggests-- muscle go through involuntary spasms or tetany--- usually triggered by sound, water, airwaves. As and when it progresses, the spasm of muscles of wind pipe-- is life threatening! ...Read more

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Do you have to be hospitalized for a verymild case of tetanus?

Do you have to be hospitalized for a verymild case of tetanus?

Yes: Until it is clear that the case of tetanus is, "very mild" and is not. In fact, progressive a person with tetanus should be hospitalized and treated with anti-toxin, antibiotics, and placed in a quiet, dimly lit environment, usually in an intensive care setting. If the disease is not progressive the patient can then be treated on a regular unit until recovered, . ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if I don't get my tetanus injection?

Please explain what happens if I don't get my tetanus injection?

Forgive my frankness: If you get a wound -- even a fairly trivial one -- that gets contaminated with tetanus, your muscles will go into cramps so severe that eventually you can't breathe and you'll either have to be a ventilator or you'll die. Before immunization, this was commonplace. Don't be a sucker. Do what you need to do. ...Read more

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What are the life spans of the tetanus detecting memory b cells?

Booster at ten years: While I cannot answer your question specifically, it is good to get a booster dose of tetanus vaccine every ten years. ...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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Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

Possibly: The processes which produce gangrene imply the loss of nutrient blood supply to tissue thru infection triggered blood clots, frostbite, etc. As the skin begins to break down the open areas could be contaminated by tetanus spores & tetanus germs could contaminate that wound & produce tetanus. However, gangreen can exist without tetanus germs & have a variety of other germs that are just as deadly. ...Read more

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Can I be immunized against tetanus?

Yes: People should be vaccinated against tetanus, which is a very serious infection. The dtap for ages 2 months through 6 years, the dt for ages 7-10 years, the tdap and the td for ages 11 years and up, are all vaccines that protect against tetanus. ...Read more

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When should I renew my tetanus shot?

Every ten years.: If you don't know how long it has been since your last tetanus shot - it is best to just get another shot. ...Read more