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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


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How long might a tetanus shot make your arm sore?

How long might a tetanus shot make your arm sore?

Not long: The soreness should go away after a couple of days. If it has been more than 7 to 10 days, call your doctor to check it. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for a tetanus shot make your arm sore?

How long is it normal for a tetanus shot make your arm sore?

Usually: Usually the majority of discomfort from a tetanus vaccination resolves within 3 to 4 days. ...Read more

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How long should a tetanus shot keep your arm sore?

How long should a tetanus shot keep your arm sore?

Could be several day: Generally this is mild and does not last very long. If it persists past three days and is not improving, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Expert opinion — should my arm be sore if I take a tetanus shot the day before a taekwondo tournament?

Expert opinion — should my arm be sore if I take a tetanus shot the day before a taekwondo tournament?

possibly: Possibly. I like to do pushups right after I get the shot. I also place small acupuncture needles in the surrounding area to disperse it well. ...Read more

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I had to get a tetanus shot and monday will make it two weeks ago. My arm still hurts and is sore when moving it. Is this common?

I had to get a tetanus shot and monday will make it two weeks ago. My arm still hurts and is sore when moving it. Is this common?

Normal: The soreness can last for several weeks.
If you are able to move the arm and there is no overlying skin changes you are safe to watch it.
Exercise and gentle massage can help. ...Read more

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How long should an arm ache for after a tetanus shot?

How long should an arm ache for after a tetanus shot?

It varies: Everything you ever wanted to know about all immunizations, including the tetanus vaccine can be found at-

http://www.Cdc. Gov/vaccines/

Great material there. Will answer all possible questions.

In my experience, if someone is pretty active, they will notice the site being "sore" for a few hours to a day or so. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for an arm ache after a tetanus shot?

How long is it normal for an arm ache after a tetanus shot?

Ice packs: If site of injection is painful apply ice packs for 20 minutes 4 times daily. It will help to relieve pain. ...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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Long story short, my brothers cat attacked me and I have more than a few scratches on my lower arm. Do I need to see a doctor for a tetanus shot?

Long story short, my brothers cat attacked me and I have more than a few scratches on my lower arm. Do I need to see a doctor for a tetanus shot?

No; however...: The tetanus spores are surprisingly common in our environment but tetanus is rare; tetanus can not grow in an environment with oxygen so the only wounds that have a risk of tetanus are deep puncture wounds. Scratches will never cause tetanus, But you might get other bacterial infections like Cat Scratch Fever (Bartonella). Clean the wound well & watch for infection. See https://tinyurl.com/khla9r6 ...Read more

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Do I need another tetanus shot if skin on my arm broke from something with rust? I received my childhood Dtap vacs and received a tetanus vac about 5 months ago because of another cut from rust? I cleaned it well and bandaged it will I be okay?

Do I need another tetanus shot if skin on my arm broke from something with rust? I received my childhood Dtap vacs and received a tetanus vac about 5 months ago because of another cut from rust? I cleaned it well and bandaged it will I be okay?

No need: If you had a tetanus booster 5 months ago, you do not need more. It is not rust that causes tetanus, it is due to contamination with soil containing the tetanus bacteria/spores.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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What can be applied to a swollen arm after a tetanus shot?

What can be applied to a swollen arm after a tetanus shot?

Cold compress: Taking Ibuprofen 2 doses, 8 hours apart, would also help alleviating pain or discomfort associated. ...Read more

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Do I need a tetanus shot after I got a kitchen grease burn on my arm?

Do I need a tetanus shot after I got a kitchen grease burn on my arm?

Most likely no: I am going to assume that you have had your basic series of three tetanus injections, and have had a booster in the last ten years. Otherwise, go get one. ...Read more

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Received a tetanus shot yesterday due to a cat bite and my entire arm hurts. I can barely move my shoulder without moderate pain. Is it normal?

Received a tetanus shot yesterday due to a cat bite and my entire arm hurts. I can barely move my shoulder without moderate pain. Is it normal?

Pain: It is possible to have pain and discomfort for several days after an immunization. Take Tylenol (acetaminophen) and apply cold packs. It should improve. If it is where you were bitten, be rechecked. All the best. ...Read more

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Last night had a tetanus shot on the arm.now the arm has swollen n hurts a lot.it was a nurse who gave the injection not a doctor. Is this normal??

Last night had a tetanus shot on the arm.now the arm has swollen n hurts a lot.it was a nurse who gave the injection not a doctor. Is this normal??

Yes: It is not unusual to have swelling and pain for 1-2 days after a tetanus shot. If you continue to have pain and swelling or if the area is red, have it checked. A nurse gives a better shot than a doctor :-). All the best and I hope it fells better. ...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.

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

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Does my boyfriend need a tetanus shot after getting punctured in the arm?

Does my boyfriend need a tetanus shot after getting punctured in the arm?

Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud & dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores ( that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken & the booster is simple & readily available. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your whole body is sore after taking a tetanus shot?

Good response: Soreness means your body is recognizing the vaccine components, kicking your immune system into high gear to make the needed antibodies. It's a good sign of an appropriate body response to the vaccine! ...Read more