You may have a localized
reaction to a tetanus shot. Symptoms include warmth, swelling, and redness at
the injection site. A fever of up to
100�F (37.8�C) may occur. Home
treatment can help reduce the discomfort.
An ice or cold pack may help reduce
swelling and bruising. Never apply ice directly to a wound or the skin. This
could cause tissue damage.
Elevate the injured area on pillows
while applying ice and anytime you are sitting or lying down. Try to keep the
area at or above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child?s doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow
these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all
directions on the medicine bottle and box.