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Why Is Tetanus Sometimes Called Lockjaw
Jaw muscle spasms: The germ of tetnus produces a chemical toxin called tetanospasmin.Normal muscle action is maintained by a balance of chemicals that signal a contraction & release. This toxin takes over the message center, locking a muscle group in the contraction mode & preventing "relaxing" messages from getting thru. Occasionally localized, most often bodywide, it locks up the jaws like it does other muscles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Muscle spasms: Tetanus is caused by a bacteria called clostridium tetani. One of the initial symptoms that patients experience is spasm of the muscles that control the opening and closing of the jaw. The muscle spasms prevent the opening of the mouth, commonly referred to as lockjaw. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Booster time: What did you cut yourself on? How long ago did you have a tetanus shot.The chances of getting tetanus are remote, but if it has been longer than ten years since your last tetanus shot, you can still be protected because tetanus is a slow growing organism. Get a booster if needed. ...Read more
It varies: An infection with clostridium tetani can cause symptoms limited lockjaw or it can spread to cause symptoms throughout the body. The incubation and the time symptoms develops varies. Depending on the type of infection it can take week/s develops symptoms. Other factors influence of the speed of the spread of symptoms of the infection.[ such as spasm]. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You should be fine: If you do throw up with lock jaw, often the vomit can pass between the teeth or behind the last teeth in the jaws. Also, the vomit can come through the nose. This occurs with patients who have had their jaws wired shut for jaw fractures. Of course there is a risk that you may aspirate your own vomit. ...Read more
If I have lockjaw (tetanus) would i be able to open my jaw fully? Stiffness in muscles in neck and jaw but i can open jaw fully. With lockjaw would i i be able to fully open jaw? Spasms all over body.
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