Tetanus,i.e. tetanus shot is vital when it comes to preventing an infection fromspreading all over a person’s body and causing a lot of harm and damage.However, tetanus is also characterized by various side-reactions which canunfortunately, be pretty unpleasant for the person in question. Oneconsolidating fact is that as little as one percent of all people who do getthis shot actually experience more serious in nature post reactions.
Typesof reactions and manifestations
Whenit comes to the reaction itself, those tetanus induced can be divided into acouple of different groups. Namely, they can be mild in nature, moderate andmore severe. Of course, when having tetanus in mind, the one mostfrequently occurring are actually those mild in nature, which are characterizedby the occurrence of minor swellings in the area where a shot has beeninjected. Among the rest of side manifestations that can appear are also minorfever, fatigue, pain in muscles, milder headaches and nausea. In comparison tothe gravity of the tetanus itself, all the side effects that may occur andbefall a person who has received a tetanus shot are not even remotely graveand dangerous. The initial culprit for tetanus infection are bacterial sporesthat are located in soil primarily, but also delve into the colon, dustaccumulated in one’s home, operating rooms and excrement animal in nature, toname but the most frequent ones.
Oneparticular type of these spores, referred to as Clostridium tetani, is responsible for the excretion of one toxin commonly referred to astetanospasmin, and it is exactly this toxic substance that is the main culpritresponsible for hindering the adequate functioning of the nerves, making itdifficult for the muscles to relax. Another commonly used term for tetanus isalso “lockjaw”, since this is the muscle that gets affected and stopsresponding first.
Among other more common effects of the tetanus shot are such asenhanced fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. As far as the temperature isconcerned, it can reach 102 degrees. There also exist those people who get evenmore seriously affected due to receiving this particular shot – initialreaction transforms into a severe allergic reaction making the mouth swellsignificantly, and induce difficulties in breathing and set on wheezing aswell.
The greatest majorityof those minor and mild tetanus shot reactions do not require any specifictreatment, given the fact that such manifestations as diarrhea, vomiting,nausea, swellings, pain in the stomach area and tiredness tend to disappear ontheir own mostly in the next 48 hours. But in case there occur more seriousmanifestations (e.g. allergic reaction, passing out, occurrence of seizures, etc.), immediate medical attendance is needed, and essential.