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Tetanus, also known as 'Lockjaw' is a bacterial disease that affects one's nervous system, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of jaw and neck muscles. Tetanus can interfere with one's ability to breathe and can be life threatening condition.Common signs and symptoms of tetanus include spasms and stiffness in jaw muscles (trismus), stiffness of neck muscles,difficulty in swallowing and stiffness of abdominal muscles. Many people experience painful body spasms lasting for several minutes, typically triggered by minor occurrences, such as a draft, loud noise, physical touch or light.
HOW IS TETANUS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of tetanus is done by a general physician who would observe these symptoms and do the spatula test for confirming the same.
HOW IS TETANUS TREATED?
Usually tetanus shots and injections are given these days to prevent against the infection in the first place. This is a vaccination that is given to children below the age of 7 on a regular basis to prevent the risks. Adults are also given preventive shots if there is bleeding due to injury from a sharp object.
DID YOU KNOW?
A vaccine can prevent tetanus. It is given as a part of routine childhood immunization. Adults should get a tetanus shot, or booster, every 10 years. If you get a bad cut or burn, see your doctor - you may need a booster. Immediate and proper wound care can prevent tetanus infection.