Preventing Tetanus Infections - Topic Overview
What should I do if I have a reaction to a tetanus shot?
If you have a reaction to a tetanus shot, your symptoms may include
warmth, swelling, redness at the site where the shot was given or a fever.
Home treatment can help reduce the discomfort.
- Take an over-the-counter medicine for pain and
fever, such as
acetaminophen or a
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID).
Because of the risk for Reye syndrome, do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20
unless your doctor tells you to.
- Put an ice pack on the area where
the shot was given for 20 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day for the first 24 to 48
hours. After 48 hours, heat may feel better.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 20, 2012
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