Font Size

Tetanus (cont.)

Tetanus Risk Factors

Not obtaining the tetanus vaccine or a tetanus vaccine booster vaccine puts individuals at higher risk for tetanus. Wounds, burns, frostbite, or skin breaks exposed to dirt, dust, or animal feces increases the risk of tetanus. Also, deep penetrating wounds (like those obtained from stepping on a rusty or dirty nail) are at high risk for tetanus development. Such a wound may be medically termed a "tetanus prone wound." People who survive injuries during natural disasters (tornadoes and hurricanes, for example) may have multiple tetanus-prone wounds; some may not be identified or known to the patient.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014

Must Read Articles Related to Tetanus

Checkup Some people expect to have a yearly checkup, and others feel that a checkup once every two to three years is sufficient. In the past, most medical groups advoca...learn more >>
Cuts or Lacerations
Cuts or Lacerations A cut refers to a skin wound with separation of the connective tissue elements. Unlike an abrasion (a wound caused by friction or scraping), none of the skin is...learn more >>
Family Medical Records
Family Medical Records In the event of a medical emergency, it's important for doctors to have access to family medical records. These records should contain information about illness...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Tetanus:

Tetanus - Symptoms

What symptoms and signs did you experience with tetanus?

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Tetanus »

The word tetanus comes from the Greek tetanos, which is derived from the term teinein, meaning to stretch.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary