What is Tetanus and Why is it Dangerous?

February 20th, 2008 by | Category: Diseases and Conditions

Tetanus is quite rare now due to injections that are given to combat it. During your lifetime immunization with vaccine consisting of five injections are all that are needed to protect you.

Tetanus is caused by bacteria (germs) that gets into the body through a cut possibly while gardening or through a bite from an animal.

If the cut or wound is deep you are at more risk of developing tetanus if it gets dirty with soil or manure, even a thorn prick can allow bacteria to get into your body it then releases a poison that causes tetanus.

The first signs that you have tetanus are a spasm of the muscles closest to the infected cut. But once the poison gets into your bloodstream then other symptoms start to occur, usually in the face. Spasms of the chewing muscles occur which make it hard to open your mouth, following those spasms in the throat muscles make it hard to swallow. This can be followed by spasms in the facial muscles which give you the look of grinning. Breathing can become difficult as the spasms spread to other parts of the body, Other symptoms include extreme sensitivity to touch, high fever, sore throat, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, headache, bleeding into the bowels, and diarrhoea.
If untreated tetanus causes death in about 60% of people..

The only way to prevent tetanus is to be immunised. A full course of tetanus immunisation consists of five doses of vaccine. This vaccine enables your body to create antibodies against the tetanus toxin, which then protects you from the illness if you were to become infected with the bacteria.

A more common name for tetanus is lockjaw.





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Comment by hehe
2009-11-20 08:21:15

i love tetanus

 
Comment by Tyler Hubal
2009-11-20 08:25:02

as do i tetanus is the best its better than crabs, which i had last year.

 
Comment by hehe
2009-11-20 08:29:50

GIVE ME A T *crowd* “T!” GIVE ME AN E *crowd* “E!” GIVE ME ANOTHER T *crowd* “T!” GIVE ME AN A *crowd* “A!” GIVE ME AN N *crowd* ‘N!” GIVE ME A U *crowd* “U!” GIVE ME AN S *crowd* “S!” WHATS THAT SPELL???? TETANUS!!!!!!!

 
Comment by Fred Johnson
2009-11-20 08:35:00

I got it three times

 
Comment by YO MAN
2009-12-27 06:05:57

Yo whats up man. Hahaha

 
Comment by ur mama
2010-11-02 08:34:43

wazzup homies suck my momma

 
Comment by some wacko who wrote on this wall
2011-04-07 14:19:49

anybody got tetanus or crabs or any of that kinda stuff that SUCKS!!!!!!!

Comment by jo daady
2011-05-13 11:20:25

meeeeee

 
 
Comment by jo daady
2011-05-13 11:21:34

Im a little boy who’s in love with a man

 
Comment by jo daady
2011-05-13 11:22:33

i had sex with my cat and thats how i got tet-anus

Comment by pacifika
2012-01-24 19:26:32

did you both get tetanus..or just you?….if so…who did who?, you the cat or the cat you?

 
 
Comment by Mdka
2011-12-02 23:53:11

Tetanus is a disease causes by bacteria{germs}

 
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