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What are the treatments for tetanus?

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If tetanus does develop, seek hospital treatment immediately. This includes wound care, a course of antibiotics, and an injection of tetanus antitoxin. You may receive medications such as chlorpromazine or diazepam to control muscle spasms, or a short-acting barbiturate for sedation. You may require the aid of an artificial respirator or other life-support measures during the several weeks needed for the disease to run its course.

SOURCES: CDC: "Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination." National Network For Immunization Information: "D

iphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)."  MedlinePlus: "Tetanus." National Association for Infectious Diseases: "Tetanus (Lockjaw)."  


Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

SOURCES: CDC: "Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination." National Network For Immunization Information: "D

iphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP)."  MedlinePlus: "Tetanus." National Association for Infectious Diseases: "Tetanus (Lockjaw)."  


Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 02, 2019

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If I have an open wound and I never received a primary immunization for tetanus, will my doctor give me one?

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