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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

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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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Cactus spine remvd from hand 3 days ago, tetanus shot & septra 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 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 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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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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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 for itching, ibuprofen for pain. Notify your doctor of the reaction. Good luck! ...Read more

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Tetanus (Definition)

Tetanus is infection of the nervous system with the potentially deadly bacteria clostridium tetani ...Read more


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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


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