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Tetanus is a serious bacterial infection affecting the nervous system and as a result, it tightens the muscles throughout the body. Tetanus is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment and if left untreated, Tetanus can be fatal. Bacteria called Clostridium tetani causes Tetanus and spores of the bacteria can be found in dust, dirt and animal droppings. Some of the signs and symptoms of Tetanus include difficulty in swallowing, fast heartbeat, fever, sweating, high blood pressure, and many more.
HOW IS TETANUS DIAGNOSED?
Tetanus is diagnosed on basis of physical exam, medical and immunization history, and the signs and symptoms of muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. Laboratory tests generally aren't helpful for diagnosing tetanus.
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?
This ancient disease was well known and associated with wounds.