Immunization Controversy Archives

tetnus

[ Immunization Controversy Archive ]
[ Main Archives Page ] [ Glossary/Index ]
[ FAQ ] [ Recommended Books ] [ Bulletin Board ]
   Search this site!
 
        

tetnus

Posted by
rita jennings [12505.4789] on August 19, 2008 at 21:28:45:

i got a piece of glass in my foot a few weeks ago...i tried to get it out with a needle that i did not steralize and i also went barefoot outside afterwards. within a couple of days my foot has a swolen place and hurts...i have also started to have weird pains in my different areas of muscles and neck especially...today my jaws started feeling strange...do i have tetnus and what can i do for it now. can a doctor tell by a blood test or something? please respond asap.

thank you


Follow Ups:



Re: tetnus

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.4968] on August 20, 2008 at 07:02:54:

In Reply to: tetnus posted by rita jennings [12505.4789] on August 19, 2008 at 21:28:45:

Rita,

This is probably not tetanus but you need to see a doc for the developing infection right away! In the meantime, hot soaks (archives for hot compresses) may give you more time.

Walt


Go to First Post in this Thread

Follow Ups:



Re: tetanus--question for Dr. Stoll

Posted by Nutmeg [4785.2450] on August 22, 2008 at 18:38:32:

In Reply to: Re: tetnus posted by Walt Stoll [93.4968] on August 20, 2008 at 07:02:54:

Dr. Stoll,

I was wondering how common tetanus is. Is there really a need for people to get booster'ed every 10 years? People on the cat bulletin boards I visit are always getting tetanus boosters when they get a cat bite or bad scratch (mostly from ferals or strays they trap or rescue).

We were always warned about tetanus when we were kids, but we hardly ever stepped on a rusty nail. Did you see much of it in your practice?

Thanks, Nutmeg


Go to First Post in this Thread

Follow Ups:



Re: tetanus--question for Dr. Stoll -- Archive in immunization.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.4968] on August 23, 2008 at 08:18:09:

In Reply to: Re: tetanus--question for Dr. Stoll posted by Nutmeg [4785.2450] on August 22, 2008 at 18:38:32:

Nutmeg,

The clostridia that causes tetanus is an "obligate anaerobe". That means that only a puncture wound can foster it's growth (rusty or not). THEN, it is the lujck of the draw and that is why tetanus immunization (booster every 17 years at least) is a pretty good idea. Once the symptoms of tetanus begin, it is too late to do anything about it.

Hope this helps.

Walt


Go to First Post in this Thread

Follow Ups:



[ Immunization Controversy Archive ]
[ Main Archives Page ] [ Glossary/Index ]
[ FAQ ] [ Recommended Books ] [ Bulletin Board ]
   Search this site!