Also termed as lockjaw, tetanus is an infection that results in very sharp and acute muscle spasms. Usually these spasms would begin in the jaws and then move to other parts of the body. There are powerful muscle contractions experienced in such cases where the individual would have a lot of pain and irregular heartbeat followed with muscle tears to.
HOW IS TETANUS DIAGNOSED?
The condition is diagnosed by a physical examination. A general physician will check immunization history to confirm diagnosis as lab tests don't always help.
HOW IS TETANUS TREATED?
There is no cure for tetanus. Medications and wound care tends to help along with supportive care.
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.