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Why is swelling and redness spreading after tetanus shot?

Why is swelling and redness spreading after tetanus shot?

.: Might be just local reaction and inflammation after injection. But if swelling increase or redness spreads or I you have fever, pain or itch see a physician earlier. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Why would I have spreading redness and swelling around injection site after tetanus shot?

Why would I have spreading redness and swelling around injection site after tetanus shot?

Local reaction: You seem to have a local reaction which is not too uncommon. It's an inflammation at the injection site. Using a heat pad can help. ...Read more

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I got a tetanus shot and now my arm from my shoulder to my elbow is completely swollen and is pulsing pain throughout. Is that much swelling normal?

I got a tetanus shot and now my arm from my shoulder to my elbow is completely swollen and is pulsing pain throughout. Is that much swelling normal?

No: Concern here would be for possible infection vs significant local reaction to the injection. You need to be evaluated by your doctor. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 2x.Finger is now swollen, painful& ibu not helping w/ pain or swelling. Age 41 female?

Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) ds 2x.Finger is now swollen, painful& ibu not helping w/ pain or swelling. Age 41 female?

If this is change in: Status of finger then it needs to be rechecked. Swelling, redness, heat, increased tenderness, purulent drainage or red streaks are all signs that infection may have set in. Take care. ...Read more

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I got a tetanus shot on thursday and today its still hurting and red, is this normal? Its been 4 days. It has like a knot

I got a tetanus shot on thursday and today its still hurting and red, is this normal? Its been 4 days. It has like a knot

Tetanus shot: Your arm can remain swollen and hot for a few days. Apply cold compresses to your arm several times a day. If you start running a fever or the swelling gets wirse see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi. Does our 17 month old girl need a tetanus shot? She was bitten very hard by a fellow school goer on the back through her shirt. It's red

Hi. Does our 17 month old girl need a tetanus shot? She was bitten very hard by a fellow school goer on the back through her shirt. It's red

Depends: If she has received the primary series including the DtaP given at 15 months, she would already be protected. Some don't give that dose until 18 mo so she may be due. Be aware that tetanus is not as common with human bites as other infections, so increasing redness, swelling, etc. May require other treatment. ...Read more

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I was in the mountains yesterday and I got cut on my lower leg by rusty barbed wire. It's just a red scratch. Should I get a tetanus shot? I'm 21.

Better safe than: Sorry. If it more than 5 years since your last tetanus booster it will be the prudent thing to do. Hopefully a shallow scratch should not pose a high risk for infection especially if the scratch was irrigated thoroughly. Take care and be safe.
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Tetanus shot on 12/1 - 4 days later red, swollen area just below the injection site. It hurts a lot, itches, and is hot to the touch. Is this normal?

Tetanus shot on 12/1 - 4 days later red, swollen area just below the injection site. It hurts a lot, itches, and is hot to the touch. Is this normal?

No: Please see a doctor, you may very well have developed infection at the site of injection, happens sometimes, but needs treatment, might need an antibiotic, good luck ...Read more

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I had a tetanus shot and now a few days later I have a big lump on my arm and its red and hurts?

I had a tetanus shot and now a few days later I have a big lump on my arm and its red and hurts?

An expected reaction: A sore red area at the site of a vaccination is what happens when your healthy immune system reacts to the shot. It should only last 2-3 days. ...Read more

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I got a tetanus shot 3 days ago.....the injection site is red about 2 in in diameter, warm to the touch, and very itchy. It's also quite painful still?

I got a tetanus shot 3 days ago.....the injection site is red about 2 in in diameter, warm to the touch, and very itchy. It's also quite painful still?

Local reaction: You have a localized allergic reaction to the shot. Usually ice or moist heat to the area will reduce swelling and soreness. Also ok to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itching, ibuprofen for pain. Notify your doctor of the reaction. Good luck! ...Read more

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Big red scratch after contact with rusty nail should I be fine no tetanus shot has been a day? No bloody hand or nothing but a little worried

Big red scratch after contact with rusty nail should I be fine no tetanus shot has been a day? No bloody hand or nothing but a little worried

Preventing tetanus: Well tetanus can arise from almost any wound, although most commonly those are the deep, penetrating wounds from stepping on a nail, not just a superficial scratch. That said however, you want to be updated on tetanus vaccine. Tetanus can actually be fatal in about 10 to 15% of cases. For a superficial scratch, hopefully you washed it out good so any tetanus spores were removed. Check vaccine out! ...Read more

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While exercising my arm got a bit scratched by my own footnail. Washed it with dettol soap. Tetanus? Need I get tetanus shot? It's red n a bit swollen.

While exercising my arm got a bit scratched by my own footnail. Washed it with dettol soap. Tetanus? Need I get tetanus shot? It's red n a bit swollen.

It is likely: Infected the way you describe an an antibioitc would be appropriate. Your tetanus should always be upto date. ...Read more

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I got a tetanus shot on Friday and it now has a large red circle that is raised. It is burning/itchy/red. Also have latex allergy - bandaid maybe?

I got a tetanus shot on Friday and it now has a large red circle that is raised. It is burning/itchy/red. Also have latex allergy - bandaid maybe?

Side effects: Immunizations can have local reactions or side effects that most often are not serious. With the tetanus shot one can often times have the symptoms you described for several days after the shot. Warm compresses can help. If symptoms worsen (red streaks going away from the shot site, fever, or production of pus) you should be seen to be sure you didn't get a secondary skin infection (uncommon). ...Read more

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Husband's last tetanus shot-about 15 yrs ago-left a red raised round lump size of half an apple. Was this an allergic reaction? Doc didn't seem to kno

Husband's last tetanus shot-about 15 yrs ago-left a red raised round lump size of half an apple. Was this an allergic reaction? Doc didn't seem to kno

May be allergy: It would be wise to see an allergist before considering another booster. Some people can develop a significant reaction to the tetanus toxoid used in the shot, or other components of the vaccine. ...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?

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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Is it normal for a tetanus shot site to swell 4 days after shot was given, and I am insulin dependant diabetic?

Is it normal for a tetanus shot site to swell 4 days after shot was given, and I am insulin dependant diabetic?

Post shot infection: Nope. This is not normal. It sounds like you got a skin infection from the shot. You should consult your physician. ...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

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How often can I need a tetanus shot?

How often can I need a tetanus shot?

Every 10 yrs: The effect of a tetanus booster is good for most people for ten years. Those with immune problems or after bone marrow transplant the need differs and should be answered by their doc. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: If you are not aware of your tetanus vaccination, a blood test can determine your immunity not only against tetanus but also to other diseases prevented by vaccines. ...Read more

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Need to know how to get a tetanus shot?

Need to know how to get a tetanus shot?

Call your doctor: You can get this shot at your doctor's, an immunizing pharmacist, or the local public health department. ...Read more

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How often should you get a tetanus shot?

Booster every ten: After an initial series, boosters are given every ten years unless one has a dirty wound in which case the interval may be shortened. There is very little harm in getting an early dose. Tetanus vaccine is often combined with diphtheria and activated pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines. Dtap and tdap. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking ...Read more