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Tetanus Treatment

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1. Get Medical Help Immediately

  • Go to a medical clinic or hospital emergency room for tetanus symptoms: rigid muscles and painful spasms, often starting in jaw and neck.

2. Follow Up

  • The person will immediately receive an injection of immune globulin and a tetanus shot.
  • Muscle relaxants and sedatives may be required.
  • The person will most likely be hospitalized.

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Reviewed by Daniel Brennan, MD on October 26, 2013

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