What Are the Risk Factors and Symptoms of Tetanus?

Q:
What are the risk factors and symptoms of tetanus?

A:
Risk factors of getting tetanus include:

  • A foreign body, such as a nail or splinter
  • An injury that lets tetanus spores into the wound
  • Failure to get vaccinated or to keep up to date with booster shots against tetanus

Common signs and symptoms of tetanus include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Painful body spasms lasting for several minutes, typically triggered by minor occurrences, such as a draft, loud noise, physical touch or light
  • Spasms and stiffness in your jaw muscles (trismus)
    Stiffness of your abdominal muscles
  • Stiffness of your neck muscles
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