Tetanus is caused by bacteria found in the soil, animal excrement, and other places. When these bacteria enter a skin puncture, they can create a deadly toxin called tetanospasmin. This causes the condition known as tetanus, which affects the body's nerves. Symptoms include nerve spasms and contractions that spread from the face to the arms and legs, debilitating the body and affecting the ability to breathe. Untreated tetanus is often fatal. If you develop tetanus, get to a hospital as soon as possible. The tetanus vaccine for children and adults is the primary means of preventing tetanus. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about howtetanus is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Tetanus Questions and Answers
Answers to your questions about the tetanus and the vaccine to prevent it.
Immunizations-When to Call a Doctor
Callor other emergency services if you or your child has a severe reaction to any immunization as indicated by: A major allergic reaction, such as a severe asthma episode, severe problems breathing or swallowing, or hives.Significant changes in alertness within 7 days of getting the vaccine.A seizure. Collapsing.Call your doctor immediately if:Your child has signs of a severe reaction within 2 to
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Symptoms of Tetanus
From symptoms to treatment to prevention, get the basics on tetanus from the experts at WebMD.