Tetanus (Lockjaw)

About- Tetanus, commonly known as lockjaw is a serious bacterial disease that affects the nervous system, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of jaw and neck muscles

Symptoms-
 Spasms and stiffness of the neck, jaw, abdomen, chest, back, muscles
 Difficulty swallowing
 Fever
 Sweating
 High blood pressure
 Rapid heart rate
 
Causes-
Bacteria called Clostridium tetani 
causes tetanus. Spores of the bacteria can be found in dust, dirt, and animal droppings.
Tetanus infection has been associated with:
 Animal or insect bites
 Burns
 Chronic sores and infections
 Compound fractures
 Crush injuries
 Dental infections
 Gunshot wounds
 Infected foot ulcers
 Infected umbilical stumps in newborns born of inadequately immunized mothers
 Injection drug use
 Injuries with dead tissue
 Puncture wounds — including from splinters, body piercings, tattoos, injection drugs
 Surgical wounds

Specialists to visit
 Infectious Disease Doctor
 Immunologist
 General Physician

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References-
https://www.healthline.com
https://www.mayoclinic.org
https://en.wikipedia.org
http://www.who.int
https://www.webmd.com
https://www.nhs.uk

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