Tetanus Symptoms

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How long does it take for tetanus to show symptoms?

Tetanus

  • Overview. Tetanus is a serious disease of the nervous system caused by a toxin-producing bacterium. ...
  • Symptoms. The average time from infection to appearance of signs and symptoms (incubation period) is 10 days. ...
  • Causes. The bacterium that causes tetanus is called Clostridium tetani. ...
  • Risk factors. ...
  • Complications. ...
  • Prevention. ...

What are the warning signs of tetanus?

Warning signs of tetanus may include headache, increased blood pressure, stiff jaw, difficulty swallowing, and body spasms. Sometimes referred to as lockjaw, tetanus is a severe disease that prompts painful muscle contractions.

What is the chance of getting tetanus?

Today, tetanus is uncommon in the United States, with an average of about 30 reported cases each year. Nearly all cases of tetanus are among people who did not get all the recommended tetanus vaccinations. This includes people who have never received a tetanus vaccine and adults who don’t stay up to date on their 10-year booster shots.

What does tetanus feel like?

Some of the early signs of tetanus include headaches and stiffness in the jaw. As the infection worsens, you may have a fever, muscle spasms, trouble swallowing, or an irregular heartbeat.

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