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Tetanus Symptoms Timeline
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
Depends: Treatment of tetanus depends on the patient, type of tetanus and severity. The earlier in the disease tetanus is detected, the course of treatment can be shorter. Giving Tetanus Immune Globulin also helps the shorten the treatment time. Recovery also depends if you have localized tetanus or generalized. ...Read more
"Lockjaw" starts 1st:
spasms of face & neck, with drooling, difficulty swallowing/breathing. Spasms progress to entire body, with arched back & neck. They last a few minutes, but are relentlessly repetitive for 3-4 weeks (if patient lives that long) & strong enough to break bones or suffocate the patient
Systemic signs include high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, sweating, nervous system dysfunction & death. ...Read more
Tetanus: Gosh! It so rare-- and thankfully so! As name suggests-- muscle go through involuntary spasms or tetany--- usually triggered by sound, water, airwaves. As and when it progresses, the spasm of muscles of wind pipe-- is life threatening! ...Read more
Tetanus: Fever, restless, tachycardia, profuse sweating etc can preceed the tetanus spasm. Patients with generalized tetanus characteristically have tonic contraction of their skeletal muscles and intermittent intense muscular spasms. Since patients with tetanus have no impairment of consciousness or awareness, both the tonic contractions and spasms are intensely painful. The average onset is 8 days. ...Read more
Tetanus symptoms: Early symptoms of tetanus includes difficulty in swallowing followed by muscle aches and pains. Muscles later develop spasms. A rapid heart rate and fever may be present. Also high blood pressure may be present profuse sweating may also occur. Muscles of the jaw may be affected causing the resus sardonicus appearance where the jaw is locked in a peculiar grimace. ...Read more
Are symptoms of tetanus constant or do they happen on and off? Are there ranges for these symptom pains?
It's bac: People with tetanus rapidly progress to a very severe, often fatal illness over a short period of time. They have very little time to spend on the computer asking questions. ...Read more
How long does it take for tetanus to show symptoms? Been a little over 8 days since scratch by rusty scouring pad
Tetanus: Symptoms usually occur over 1 to 7 days ...Read more
Hi. Cut myself with a knife a week ago. I don't think I have any tetanus symptoms but if had can I get a shot and be OK? Thanks
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
S it possible for TETANUS to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade? I can't move my neck, not sure if it's my gym or tetanus?
Prevent tetanus: It's unlikely u have tetanus a month after a contaminated injury. Most cases occur about a week or 10 days from the injury. Certain wounds are more likely than others to lead to tetanus-what's necessary is for the organisms to grow and produce toxin. Deep wounds, crush injuries, dirt contamination etc are risks. Would make sure your vaccines are up to date- tetanus is an awful disease. Hope u c MD ...Read more
Theoretically: Possible. There have been some cases where tetanus developed weeks after exposure, but typically incubation period is about 1 week. In addition you would have some significant symptoms, difficulty, swallowing, fever, rapid heart rate, sweats, spasm of abdominal, jaw and neck muscles. ...Read more
Depends: If you completed the primary series in childhood & have had one within five years you can probably just wash out a simple wound & not worry. If you have never had the series & have a dirty wound u could see the tetanus begin to set up over a day or so, so a shot & anti-toxin might be needed within hours. If u fall in the middle, get it done within 48hrs, but do a good job of cleaning the wound 1st. ...Read more
I had stepped on pointed object, its been 12 days (no blood and cut was seen), no symptom, am I still risk of tetanus?
Mgt: If the wound was clean without any drainage, a tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years is recommended. ...Read more
How much TETANUS immunity is a person who has received 1 DTaP conferred? Seems to me it would be 100% each time for the tetanus portion.
But it isn't: Some vaccines provide nearly complete lifelong protection with one immunization. Unfortunately some do not. They only provide partial protection and must be readministered at regular intervals to maintain protection. And the reasons are complicated why this is...there are textbooks written about the immunology of vaccines. It doesn't change that fact that sometimes, multiple doses are needed. ...Read more
Yes: Do yourself a favor and keep this up to date ...Read more
I was bitten by a dog on Saturday evening. It was a minor wound but I am concerned about Tetanus. How much time do I have to get an injection? I think I had a tetanus injection last in 2008.
You are covered: If you have been vaccinated within the past 10 years you should still have immunity from your prior vaccination. It is a good idea to get a booster this year if it has in fact been 10 years since your last booster. ...Read more
Can be done if healt: As long as you're healthy, there's no reason why the two vaccinations (boosters) can't be given together. If you are suffering from an illness or flu, see if the pneumonia shot can be given a little later (to avoid confusing symptoms). Of course, if you're allergic (went into shock) from either vaccine before, avoid that 1. But standard practice is to administer both together unless reason not to. ...Read more
A month or so: In the few patients I have seen survive tetanus, it took a month for the toxin to leave the child's system. I do not know of any natural remedies for tetanus. It takes a modern intensive care unit with multiple talented staff and modern medicine to save a patient with this devastating disease. Get vaccinated! ...Read more
How long till the tetanus immunization shot wears off? I took mine 6 years ago. Do I still have time?
Usually 10 yrs: We generally recommend a tetanus booster every 10 years to adults that have completed their primary series. Some who work in higher risk areas like landscaping or who garden a lot may choose to do so every 5 years. Someone with a "dirty " wound is often boosted if it has been more than 5 yrs. ...Read more
Is it possible to have the tetanus bacteria active in one’s body for an extended period of time without having death result?
Ideally,: You want to get the booster immediately. If indeed infected withe the tetani bacteria one can be symptomatic in as early as 1-2 days. So if you get a bad cut and wait a week that's not a good idea. That likely means you lucked out and were not infected with the particular bacteria. ...Read more
Cut on finger yesterday morning from can lid in trash, just got tetanus booster after 10 plus yrs. Will I be ok? Did I get it in time?
Wound healing: Tetanus is a shot that should be done promptly - so your timing sounds great. Cleaning the wound and keeping the wound dressed with a clean, dry bandage will also help. ...Read more
If you got rust in a scratch that didn't bleed can u get tetanus? If so how long does it take to show symptoms? No booster since childhood
Immediately: Both can be given on the same day or separate days. There is no reason to delay one or the other. ...Read more