In these times, where every single person lives a life with a smartphone there is no limit to the consumption of information from the internet. This information is freely available to everyone at their fingertips. But not every time the information and knowledge published is true. A number of diseases that have spread or a viral infection that occurs has contradictory symptoms and even treatments available on different internet explorers.
Tetanus is one such disease that affects a lot of people, especially children. According to the best child specialist in Karachi, it is a bacterial infection that enters the body and causes spasms in the body that are quite painful. The other name for this disease is ‘locked jaw’ this refers to the consequences of tetanus, which is the hardening of neck and jaw muscles.
The major symptoms of tetanus include:
- Spasms and seizures
- Excessive sweating
- Recurring headaches
- Heart rate fluctuations
To study more, keep reading the article where I am going to clear out the misinformation and myths that have been spread on the internet platforms for quite some time.
Myth 1: A person can be infected by a rusted nail
Tetanus is caused in the human body due to a bacteria that is called Clostridium tetani. Most of the other diseases that we see are quite contagious, but tetanus is not one of those. The main cause of this disease is the particles of tetanus entering the body from faeces, dust, or soil particles. One should also stay away from animals as their mouths also contain tetanus particles.
The association of a rusted nail with tetanus comes from the thought that a nail stays out for quite a long time so it has more tetanus spores stick to it. Which is completely right. But to associate tetanus just with nails is not okay. After this time the symptoms start to appear. The vaccine works against exotoxin. Call it bad luck, but a very small amount of tetanus toxin is enough to generate the deadly symptoms of tetanus. There are so many other reasons that can cause you tetanus like an accident that you get into, a thorn that goes into your skin, crush injury, and even a bite from your pet.
So, it can occur because of any injury not only just the rusty nail, and this way the myth has been busted.
Myth 2: If a wound bleeds constantly you don’t need to get a tetanus injection
There is only one condition in which your child doesn’t need a tetanus shot with a minor wound and it is when they have been done with all 3 doses of vaccination. If the vaccination they have got is recent (within 10 years) you don’t need to get it done again.
If your children are subjected to an area that was dusty or contaminated you need to worry for them if they are under the age of 5 and Haven’t even got their primary doses. The danger is really serious if they are completely unvaccinated.
The bleeding doesn’t decide whether to get a shot or not. However, it is well known that bleeding does excrete the contaminated particles or tetanus and even other bacteria.
Myth 3: Tetanus should not be taken too seriously
The death rate history of tetanus tells that it should never be taken easy. Even in the cases where the wound is not too big or is mild, don’t think that this will not cause you damage. Tetanus will always bother you when you’re unvaccinated.
It is well known till now that it is not a contagious disease at all. So folks, just keep yourself vaccinated only then you can call it a mild disease or a disease that is not too serious.
Myth 4: A shot doesn’t help when you already have a wound
The shot when entered into the body takes time to work so there is no need to think that it won’t work. The C.tetani takes time to produce exotoxin and then it reaches the nervous system with time. After this time the symptoms start to appear. The vaccine works against exotoxin. Call it bad luck, but a very small amount of toxin is enough to generate the deadly symptoms of tetanus.
This is the main reason why a person doesn’t get cured by tetanus on his own. You need to get the vaccine to get cured properly by getting the needed immunity. And still, if you are not vaccinated and are exposed to tetanus, you will have to take TIG which is the Immune Globulin
Myth 5: Certain food intake can control tetanus from spreading
Tetanus is not like other diseases that can be managed well by the use of certain food items. For the vaccination can only save you from your condition getting worse. No food item or a proper medication plan can save you. The bacteria simply enter from sand and slides in by breaking the skin.
To stop the infection from getting worse you need to get the vaccination done as soon as possible. There are some rare cases too where the doctors are not able to cure tetanus. They need to use medication to control the effect of tetanus. These are the cases where the patient is extremely hurt or id critically injured. The main point here is that you should never rely on sources like food items to entirely control or cure. Tetanus doesn’t seem like a big issue but can cause you life-threatening consequences.
Tetanus is a very serious disease that can occur to anyone. The main culprits can be dust, soil, or rust. The treatment only is vaccination and no specific medication is suitable to control its spread. If the symptoms that you feel are getting worse, I would recommend you to visit the doctor as soon as you can. The doctors do nothing much and get you vaccinated as soon as possible to stop the spread of tetanus.
Be careful to visit the clinics where there is authentic vaccination available for the cure purpose. Get the vaccination and stop worrying immediately as you have been saved from the shot.