Tetanus Topic Guide
Tetanus: Tetanus is an infectious disease caused by contamination of wounds from the bacteria Clostridium tetani, or the spores they produce that live in the soil, and animal feces. Symptoms and signs include muscle cramps, lockjaw, weakness, and difficulty swallowing. Tetanus treatment incorporates antibiotics, wound cleansing, pain medicine, sedatives to control muscle spasms, and IV fluids.
Fishhook Removal (Fish Hook) Trauma from a fishhook piercing the skin is common. Using proper guidelines to remove the fishhook, assuring the patient is current on his or her tetanus vaccine, and antibiotics should be prescribed to avoid infection.
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