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8 hours ago Tetanus is a medical emergency requiring: Care in the hospital. Immediate treatment with medicine called human tetanus immune globulin (TIG) Aggressive wound care. Drugs to control muscle spasms. Antibiotics. Tetanus vaccination. Depending on how serious the infection is, a machine to help you breathe may be required.

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7 hours ago Metronidazole 500 mg every six to eight hours is the preferred treatment for tetanus. Treatment will last seven to ten days. 4. Expect to be given muscle relaxers or …

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1. Go to the hospital. In addition to stiffness and spasms in the neck and jaw muscles, tetanus also causes abdominal and spinal tightness/cramping, widespread muscle twitching, difficulty swallowing, fever, sweating and rapid heart rate. If you have symptoms of tetanus, you will need to be treated in a hospital — it is a serious infection that cannot be treated at home. Tetanus symptoms can appear anytime from a few days to several weeks after the bacteria enter your body — often through a puncture wound of the foot, such as stepping on a contaminated nail. The doctor will rely on a physical exam, as well as a medical and immunization history, to diagnose tetanus. No lab or blood tests are helpful to detect tetanus. Diseases that cause similar symptoms to tetanus that your doctor will want to rule out include meningitis, rabies and strychnine poisoning. The medical staff will need to clean the wound as well, removing any debris, dead tissue, and foreign objects.
2. Get a shot of tetanus antitoxin. Depending on the time between your injury and when you start to show obvious symptoms, your doctor may give you a tetanus antitoxin injection, such as tetanus immune globulin. This is not a cure, however, and can only neutralize "free" toxins that have not bonded to nerve tissue. Any toxins that have already bonded to nerve tissue will not be affected. As such, time is of the essence. The sooner you get to the doctor (once you notice symptoms) the more effective the immunoglobulin will be in preventing the severity of symptoms. You will be given a dose of 3000 to 6000 units intramuscularly as soon as the diagnosis of tetanus is made. In countries in which IG is not available, equine antitoxin is used. Don't wait for symptoms. If you get a deep injury (such as a puncture wound) from something sharp that appears contaminated with soil, rust, feces or other debris, then clean the wound and get a tetanus shot shot from your doctor or an urgent care clinic a
3. Be prepared to take antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria, including C. tetani, but the problem with tetanus has more to do with the toxin produced by the bacterial spores. The powerful toxin produced by the bacterial spores (once in your body) causes the vast majority of symptoms because it attaches to nerve tissue and causes excitation, which explains the widespread muscle contractions and spasms. If you catch tetanus in its early stages, then antibiotics can be effective because they can kill the bacteria before they release much toxin. If your condition is advanced, antibiotics may be relatively useless, so their potential side effects may not outweigh possible benefits. You will be given IV antibiotics. Metronidazole 500 mg every six to eight hours is the preferred treatment for tetanus. Treatment will last seven to ten days.
4. Expect to be given muscle relaxers or sedatives. The symptoms associated with tetanus that are often most noticeable and potentially fatal are severe muscle contractions — referred to by doctors as tetany. If tetany strikes the muscles needed for breathing, then death is likely, so taking strong muscle relaxers (such as metaxalone or cyclobenzaprine) can be life saving as well as helpful to relieve the pain associated with spasms. Muscle relaxers don't impact tetanus bacteria or toxin directly, but they can reduce the impact that the excited nerves have on muscle fiber contraction. Tetany can be so powerful that it causes muscle tears and avulsion fractures — where contracting tendons rip away bone. Sedatives, such diazepam (Valium), are also helpful in relieving muscle spasms, as well as the anxiety and increased heart rate associated with moderate-to-severe cases of tetanus.

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3 hours ago Treatment in tetanus is based on several key principles: a) sedation and paralysis to control the progressive spasms and autonomic dysfunction and to avoid exhaustion; b) surgical debridement and antibiotic treatment for the source of infection; c) neutralization of the circulating toxin; and c) supportive care in an ICU.

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7 hours ago Treatment includes limiting stimuli in the room, as something as simple as lights or sounds can trigger muscle spasms. This treatment is in addition to antibiotics, wound care, medicine to help control muscle spasms and a medication …

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4 hours ago Introduction Tetanus is an infection caused by a bacterium called Clostridium tetani. It affects the nerves and causes painful muscle spasms and can lead to death. It is a common, infectious disease affecting individuals of all ages and sexes, particularly the socio-economically deprived. A neurologic disorder characterized by increased muscle tone and spasm that is […]

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2 hours ago Tetanus, also called lockjaw, is a life-threatening infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria. If you don't receive proper treatment, the toxin's effect on respiratory muscles can interfere with breathing. If this happens, you may die of suffocation. A tetanus infection may develop after almost any type of skin injury, major or minor

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3 hours ago Tetanus is the name we give to the illness that is caused by the toxin secreted by the bacteria Clostridium tetanii. This bacterium is an obligate anaerobe which means it can only live in the absence of oxygen. It is ubiquitous in the soil, and is widely distributed all over the world. When the bacteria enters the human body in a wound, and if

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3 hours ago Treatment of Tetanus. Acute treatment of tetanus is based on wound cleaning and antibiotic eradication of Clostridium tetani, e.g., with intravenous metronidazole, 500 mg three times daily, or penicillin, 100,000–200,000 IU/kg/day [31,32]. …

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Just Now Symptoms of tetanus may include stiffness of the jaw, abdominal, and back muscles, fast pulse, fever, sweating, painful muscle spasms and difficulty swallowing. The tetanus vaccine can reduce the risk of the disease after an injury. Tetanus requires immediate medical attention and treatment with medications and tetanus antitoxin injections

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1 hours ago If tetanus does develop, seek hospital treatment immediately. This includes wound care, a course of antibiotics, and an injection of tetanus antitoxin. …

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6 hours ago Treatment. Any person suspected of having tetanus requires hospitalization and immediate treatment with human tetanus immune globulin (TIG). Additional treatments of tetanus include wound care, antibiotics, and medications to control muscle spasms. Mechanical ventilation and sedation may also be required. 5. Vitamin C may also be an effective

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3 hours ago Tetanus is a serious disease of the nervous system caused by a toxin-producing bacterium. The disease causes muscle contractions, particularly of your jaw and neck muscles. There's no cure for tetanus. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms and complications until the effects of the tetanus toxin resolve. Because of the widespread use of

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5 hours ago – Tetanus is a severe infection due to the bacillus Clostridium tetani, found in soil, and human and animal waste. The infection is noncontagious. Treatment of the entry point and associated infections – Search systematically the entry wound. Provide local treatment under sedation: cleansing and for deep wounds, irrigation and

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9 hours ago 2. Follow Up. 1. Get Medical Help Immediately. Go to a medical clinic or hospital emergency room for tetanus symptoms: rigid muscles and painful spasms, often starting in …

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1 hours ago Tetanus is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment in a hospital. Fortunately, tetanus is preventable through the use of a vaccine . …

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8 hours ago The earlier a patient is diagnosed with tetanus, the more effective the treatment will be. A patient with muscle spasms and stiffness who has recently had a wound or cut is usually diagnosed quickly.

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1 hours ago Airway management and other supportive measures — Since tetanus toxin cannot be displaced from the nervous system once bound to neurons, supportive care is the main treatment for tetanus. In patients with severe tetanus, prolonged immobility in the intensive care unit is common, much of which is on mechanical ventilation and may last for weeks.

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What is tetanus what is the symptoms and treatment?

These symptoms may include:

  • Spasms in the jaw muscles (lockjaw)
  • Stiff muscles in the neck, shoulder and back
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Prolonged contraction of the facial muscles, which may produce what looks like a sneer or grimace
  • An arched back resulting from contraction of the back muscles
  • Muscle spasms and muscle rigidity in the chest, abdomen and extremities

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When should you get tetanus?

When Should You Get the Tetanus shot? Luckily, there’s a shot that most individuals receive when they are infants or children. The DTaP shot immunizes against tetanus, pertussis, and diphtheria. Infants get the vaccination at two months, four months, six months, and also 15-18 months when they are between ages 4 to 6.

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.

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