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Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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What can be done about a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

What can be done about a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

Depends on type: The answer to this question truly depends on what type of rash you have and where it is located. If you have had an urticarial (hive-like) reaction to the vaccine, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be helpful to clear the rash. If it is contact type of rash located close to the injection site, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may also be helpful, as well as cool compresses and a topical hydrocortisone. Read more

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How can I get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

How can I get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

R ash after DPT: You don't describe the rash. It is most unusual to get a rash with a DPT shot. It is possible you have an inter current viral illness which lasts for a week to ten days. 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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Can you tell me how can I get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

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

ALLERGIC reaction?: If there is an allergic reaction to the vaccine, the usual RX can be for allergy like Benadryl (diphenhydramine), steroid creams or oral. Make sure to report the reaction. Read more

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Road rash on knee is yellow on inside and tender and red around infection? Tetanus shot? Wat should I do?

Skin Infection: This sounds like a good old standard bacterial skin infection and in no way represents a tetanus diagnosis. Most skin infections require antibiotics which are prescribed at your local family medicine clinic. Read more

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How is tetanus spread?

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?

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 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?

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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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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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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What is an inactivated tetanus toxin?

What is an inactivated tetanus toxin?

Vaccine: Tetanus toxoid is an inactive (meaning it can't give you tetanus) ingredient in the tetanus vaccine. It is important to get this vaccine every 10 years as an adult. Also, consider getting the Tdap vaccine (with pertussis or whooping cough) instead if you are around young children under the age of 1-2 years old to help prevent them from getting pertussis. Read more

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What is tetanus and how is it diagnosed?

TETANUS /LOCKJAW....: Acute spastic paralytic illness by neurotoxin produced by bacteria clostridium tetani that lives in soil, dust, intestine of animals; gain access thru contaminated wound. Diagnosed from symptoms: difficulty in chewing (trismus)/swallowing, stiffness, intractable spasm of facial muscle result in 'sardonic smile', spastic paralysis extends to abdomen/lumbar/hip/ thigh results in 'arched posture' etc. Read more

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What are the characteristics of tetanus?

What are the characteristics of tetanus?

See below: Common signs and symptoms of tetanus are: spasms and stiffness in jaw muscles, stiffness of neck muscles, difficulty swallowing, stiffness of your abdominal muscles, and painful body spasms lasting for several minutes. Fever, sweating, elevated blood pressure, and rapid heart rate can also occur. 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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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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Is tetanus contagious?

No: You will not get tetanus from exposure to a person with the disease. The infected person cannot spread it by coughing, mucous secretions or other debris like a flu or cold. You get tetanus from spores (eggs) of a bacteria that germinate in a wound and create the tetanus toxin. Read more

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Is tetanus always fatal?

No: Tetanus tends to be fatal more for the young and older patients. It is often fatal within the first week and forms that involve paralysis of the respiratory muscles are most difficult. Case fatality rates run from 5-30%. Recovery does not afford lifetime immunity. Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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