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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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, . ...Read more

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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

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to show antibodies on specific test for diseases you never got vaccinated for? I'm trying to avoid mmr, tetanus & diptheria shots...

Is it possible to show antibodies on specific test for diseases you never got vaccinated for? I'm trying to avoid mmr, tetanus & diptheria shots...

Disease or Vaccine: Only way you can have positive antibodies in your blood is if you have received the vaccines and other way is if you have had the infection in the past
By getting the vaccine your body produces the antibodies which protects you against the infection if you are exposed to it
I will advice get the shot. But you are 34.you might have had MMR in childhood. Get your blodd checked. Get your tdap every10yrs ...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?

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?

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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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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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

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What is and what causes tetanus.?

Tetanus: Tetanus is caused by contamination of wounds by a toxin producing bacteria called colstredium tetani found in the soil. The toxin is the cause of all the symptoms. Prevention of tetanus by routine immunization of children as part of Dtap vaccine, boosters age 11, 16 & every 5 years, pregnant women receive a dose of tdap to protect the new born baby against neonatal tetanus. ...Read more

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Can you get tetanus more than once?

Yes: Survivors do not retain permanent immunity to tetanus. Vaccination with tetanus toxoid is recomended to survivors. ...Read more

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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