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Scientific Name Of Tetanus
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
S it possible for TETANUS to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade? I can't move my neck, not sure if it's my gym or tetanus?
Prevent tetanus: It's unlikely u have tetanus a month after a contaminated injury. Most cases occur about a week or 10 days from the injury. Certain wounds are more likely than others to lead to tetanus-what's necessary is for the organisms to grow and produce toxin. Deep wounds, crush injuries, dirt contamination etc are risks. Would make sure your vaccines are up to date- tetanus is an awful disease. Hope u c MD ...Read more
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
It is everywhere: You can contract tetanus from a simple cut or scratch if you are not immunized. Tetanus germs are in the soil everywhere and therefore in dust deposits. The only reason that the infection is not more common is because most people in developed countries are immunized against tetanus. ...Read more
Why you think so?:
Why do you think you have Tetanus
Tetanus is a serious disease and presents with
Locked jaw with spasm of jaw muscles
Stiffness of abdominal muscle
Painful body spasm lasting several minutes
If you have any of these symptoms follwing a wound and have not been immunised with dpt, td or tdap then you go straight to ER ...Read more
From skin injury: Tetanus is an infection that occurs through a break in the skin. It is caused by a bacteria that lives everywhere, especially in soil or on dirty and dusty surfaces. You can get it from any cut or scrape of the skin, if your tetanus vaccine status is not up to date. Get a tetanus shot every 5-10 years. ...Read more
Tetanus: acquired through contaminated skin wound, traumatic injury, penetrating wound inflicted by a dirty object: nail, splinter, fragment of glass, unsterile injection, animal bites, abscesses (including dental), piercings, burns, intestinal surgery, gangrene, etc. But, a rare case may have no h/o trauma.
If someone ingest tetanus bacteria, they usually don't get tetanus. ...Read more
Depends on age: Infants immune systems require doses 6-8 wks apart starting at 6-8 wks for 3 doses in the first yr to provide the initial protection, boosters at 12-15m, 4-5y, 10-15yr and every 5-10 yrs thereafter based on lifestyle. (those exposed to dirty work/play benefit from regular boosters) rare severe rxns to the booster occur & require avoidance unless an allergist can desensatize you to the toxoid. ...Read more
Any break in skin: The spores of tetanus are similar to any bacteria in their ability to enter a break in the skin and begin thriving on the juices therein. As the germ spores begin to form an infection, it will eventually be able to make tetanus toxin and cause tetanus. Some injuries are more likely than others to expose you to tetanus, but any break in the skin might. A booster every 10 yrs is simple protection. ...Read more
Tetanus: Tetanus is a rare occurrence nowadays because of vaccination. If you were immunized as a child before you entered kindergarten and have received a tetanus booster every ten years, you should be safe. If you work in healthcare, are pregnant or will be exposed to a young infant in your family, it is recommended that you receive dtap instead of the regualr td vaccine. ...Read more
Tetanus: 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. Tetanus (lockjaw) usually starts with mild spasm of the jaw as well as the chest, neck, back and abdomen. Get tetanus shot if it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus shot or your don't remember when it was. ...Read more
Tetanus symptoms: Early symptoms of tetanus includes difficulty in swallowing followed by muscle aches and pains. Muscles later develop spasms. A rapid heart rate and fever may be present. Also high blood pressure may be present profuse sweating may also occur. Muscles of the jaw may be affected causing the resus sardonicus appearance where the jaw is locked in a peculiar grimace. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
5-10 yrs: The tetanus shot we are use to is generally considered effective for older kids & adults for no less that 5 years in most situations and 10 for some. Infants with immature immune systems start a 6-8wks & are boosted every 2mo for 3 doses then at 12-15 mo for primary protection. Those whose activities (play or work) involve repeated incidental wounds may benefit from a booster after 5 yrs. ...Read more
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