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Tetanus

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HealthWiki > Where There Is No Dentist > Chapter 7 Part 2: Some Special Problems > Tetanus


a dirty dental instrument.
OLD, DRY BLOOD
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cleaning properly

This is a very serious infection. Tetanus germs enter the body when a wound, like a wound on the bottom of the foot, gets dirty. Germs can also be carried to the socket when you use a dirty instrument to take out a tooth. To avoid this, carefully read about how to stay clean.

Signs:
  • the jaw becomes stiff and tight
  • it is hard to swallow
  • the whole body becomes tight, with sudden spasms
Treatment:

A person with signs of tetanus requires immediate medical help. See Where There Is No Doctor, if you cannot get help immediately.



This page was updated:19 Feb 2018