Top
20
Doctor insights on: Tetanus

Share
1

1
How does tetanus spread?

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.

See 1 more doctor answer
2

2
Is lockjaw a symptom of tetanus?

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.

3

3
What are the symptoms of tetanus?

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.

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
How long does it take to show signs of tetanus after being exposed?

How long does it take to show signs of tetanus after being exposed?

E incubation period: The incubation period varies from 3–21 days, with an average of eight days. The further the injury site is from the central nervous system, the longer the incubation period. The shorter the incubation period, the higher the risk of death.

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
Why should I immunize my child against tetanus?

Why should I immunize my child against tetanus?

Why Wouldn't You?: Do you lucky today (or any other day)? Tetanus is a deadly disease and the bacteria exists almost everywhere. The shot may hurt a bit. Death vs. Soreness. Why is there even a question here!

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
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.

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
How do you test for tetanus before you get booster if you think you are allergic?

How do you test for tetanus before you get booster if you think you are allergic?

Skin test: One can always do a scratch test to see if there is an urticarial reaction (hives). Most aren't allergic to this, and I don't know what has led to the thought if it's allergic, but a visit with an allergist to test may be the best option. If there's a question or a concern that there could be an allergy but you're not sure, sometimes you can get the shot at the allergist.

8

8
On remicade, (infliximab) lab tests show low pneumonia, diphtheria, and tetanus antibodies? Should I do anything or be concerned?

On remicade, (infliximab) lab tests show low pneumonia, diphtheria, and tetanus antibodies? Should I do anything or be concerned?

Observation: Remicade (infliximab) can have some immune suppressing properties and your physicians might have a lower threshold for treating infections. Let them know of any symptoms that might be due to infection so they can initiate antibiotic treatment appropriately.

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
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.

10

10
I got tetanus when I was a child, does that mean I am immunized and can't get it again?

NO! And Yes: No, there is essentially no natural immunity to tetanus toxin. Therefore only effective way to control tetanus is by prophylactic immunization. Universalimmunization with subsequent maintenance of adequate antitoxin levels by means of appropriately timed boosters is necessary to protect all age groups, even if you have previous had natural infection.

See 1 more doctor answer
11

11
I was positive on chlamydia and got treat but my partner didn't he got check 3 months after and was negative, he had a tetanus shot during does 3 mont?

I was positive on chlamydia and got treat but my partner didn't he got check 3 months after and was negative, he had a tetanus shot during does 3 mont?

False Negatives: It is very unusual for anyone familiar with lgbt medicine to not treat your partner, regardless of the test result. It is nearly impossible in some instances to pick up the bacteria on standard testing swabs. If there is any risk of exposure then one should be treated. And, in the lgbt medical standards both of you should have been treated for gonorrhea and chlamydia. The tetanus shot has nothing.

12

12
Can someone that is infected with the tetanus bacteria, be treated if it is progressed moderately and is tetanus disease slow growing or rapid. Is there a blood test to detect tetanus to see if you are infected? The last time I had a tetanus shot was 26

Can someone that is infected with the tetanus bacteria, be treated if it is progressed moderately and is tetanus disease slow growing or rapid. Is there a blood test to detect tetanus to see if you are infected? The last time I had a tetanus shot was 26

Clinical diagnosis: Tetanus is a clinical diagnosis, not by conventional culture. There is no blood test either for diagnosis. The best way to prevent tetanus is to get immunization and booster dose every ten years, .

13

13
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/.

14

14
Are there treatment options for tetanus?

Intensive care: Tetanus is not something that one can treat oneself for. Prevention is far better through vaccination. A person with tetanus needs to be hospitalized asap.

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Can you tell me how to get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

Can you tell me how to get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

Rash: A rash caused by a DPT shot is usually transient and of little consequence. If the rash is itchy application of 1/2 percent hydrocortisone available over the counter can help

17

17
What happens if a person gets tetanus?

What happens if a person gets tetanus?

Tetanus: Tetanus occurs in susceptible individuals (those not vaccinated) after exposure to the bacterium clostridium tetani, commonly found in soil. The most common symptoms involve muscle spasms and muscular rigidity. The muscle spasms usually start with the chewing muscles, hence the term lockjaw. Spasms may also include the throat muscles, creating difficulty swallowing, and may extend to any muscles.

18

18
Is tetanus genetic?

No: Susceptability to tetanus is more or less universal. The spores (egg) of the germ begins to grow in a wound and produce a toxin that circulates in the blood. Where the toxin goes it begins to interfere with the nervous system.

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
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.

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
Can herbal supplements prevent tetanus infection?

Can herbal supplements prevent tetanus infection?

Doubtful: Some may improve you immunity, but if you become infected with clostidium tetani, the end result would not be desirable. Get the shot.

See 2 more doctor answers