Hers Everything You Need to Know about Lockjaw
A rare, dangerous bacterial infection that causes muscle spasms
Approximately 10 to 20 percent of tetanus infections are fatal.
- Preventable by vaccine
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging not required
- Medium-term: resolves within months
Tetanus affects the muscles and the nervous system throughout the body, causing the muscles to tighten and contract. It is also called â€œlockjaw because it often affects the muscles of the neck and jaw, but it eventually spreads to the rest of the body. The bacteria that causes this is called Clostridium tetani, which can be found in dust, dirt, and animal droppings, and the most common way to get tetanus is through a deep cut or a wound. The first and foremost precaution against this is through tetanus vaccines, which are given periodically.
Ages affected: All age groups, especially children
Symptoms may include stiffness of the neck or jaw, in some cases leading to difficulty in breathing and death, eventually.
People may experience
Muscular areas: Spasms, stiffness, or hardening of abdominal muscles
Whole body: Fever, fatigue, stiffness, sweating, high blood pressure, and nervous system dysfunction
Also common: Difficulty in swallowing, irritability, fast heart rate, and arched back
Self-care: Make sure you clean the wounds well before treating them to avoid further complications.
Medication: Tetanus toxoid vaccines and immediate treatment shall be availed, consisting of the medicine called tetanus immune globulin (TIG) to neutralize the toxins.
Specialists: For medical help, consult a physician, a pediatrician, or an infection specialist. At mfine, we make sure that our specialists get acquainted with your medical history so as to provide holistic healthcare solutions.