Tetanus is a bacterial infection caused by a certain bacteria that is found in our own environment. Tetanus causes severe muscle spasms, and if left untreated, it can cause death eventually. It is also known as lock-jaw disease because one of the primary symptoms of the condition is that it causes severe pain in the jaw which immobilizes it.
There are several other tetanus symptoms too. Tetanus-causing bacteria enter the human body through open and deep cuts and wounds. It takes about a one or two weeks to develop the symptoms. Some people may not show the symptoms for a couple of months.
Tetanus bacteria release a toxin that is extremely dangerous for the human body. Toxin is nothing but poison. When the bacteria colonize and start giving out this toxin, it affects the muscles in such a way that it causes severe muscle spasms.
Some of the tetanus symptoms are as follows:
- Lock jaw means the muscles of the jaw are tight and hurt severely. This is one of the most common tetanus symptoms.
- Headaches that are continuous in nature. Some people experience severe headaches with fever and dehydration.
- Eventually several muscles in the body start hurting severely like those in the neck, abdomen, legs, hands, arms, shoulders and face.
- Convulsions may be present when the pain becomes excessive and at this point the disease is extremely difficult to treat.
All these symptoms can develop over a period of two weeks and sometimes more. The symptoms of tetanus are extremely painful and excruciating.
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