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Tetanus-5Tetanus is serious disease caused by bacteria. It can affect your nervous system, leading to painful muscle contractions, particularly of your Chip cialis jaw and neck muscles.

The bacteria often live in soil, saliva, dust and manure, usually enter the body through a deep cut, like those you might get from cutting yourself with a knife or stepping on a nail.

The bacterium cause this disease is clostridium tetani. After entering the body it will quickly multiply and release tetanospasmin which block the nerve signals that are sent from the brain to the spinal cord and then on to the muscles.

Read more about what cause of tetanus?

Common signs and symptoms of tetanus, in order of appearance, are:

  • Spasms and stiffness in your jaw muscles

  • Stiffness of your abdominal muscles

  • Stiffness of your neck muscles

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Painful body spasms, lasting for several minutes, typically triggered by minor occurrences, such as a draft, loud noise, physical touch or light

Read more about the symptoms of tetanus.

These symptoms may appear anytime from a few day to many weeks after bacteria enter your body. Doctors diagnose tetanus determined by a physical exam, medical and immunization history, and the signs and symptoms of muscle spasms, stiffness and pain.

Read more about Diagnoisis of Tetanus.

Because there’s no cure for tetanus, treatment consists of wound care, medications to relieve symptoms and supportive care.

Read more about the treatment of tetanus.

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