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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?
There is no cure for tetanus. Medications and wound care tends to help along with supportive care.
DID YOU KNOW?
The condition is more common among people who lack awareness of the tetanus vaccination. Severe tetanus induced muscle spasms can impact breathing and may even be fatal.