Tetanus or lockjaw is an infection of the bacterium Clostridium tetani spores are serious that can be fatal. You need to identify the types and symptoms of tetanus because the disease can be life threatening if the patient did not receive treatment immediately.
Symptoms of tetanus can occur ranging from 4 days after your wound contaminated with bacteria and the symptoms can last up to 3 weeks later. In general, symptoms may develop after 10 days after initial infection, but in some cases symptoms may develop after one month.
According to experts, the incubation period or which is marked by the emergence of disease symptoms for longer after you are injured akn beyond the control of the central nervous system. So in those with a shorter incubation period, the symptoms tend to be more severe.
Symptoms of tetanus are muscle stiffness or muscle spasms of the mouth. Muscle rigidity may worsen and spread to the neck muscles, throat and mouth. Muscle spasms are first observed difficulty chewing and swallowing food, so many people refer to as lockjaw tetanus.
Tetanus can occur in general and locally in certain regions. The following types of tetanus disease and its symptoms, as reported by onlymyhealth, Wednesday (18/07/2012), namely:
1. General tetanus
Common symptoms of tetanus may include any of the following:
1. Irritability and muscle weakness
2. Muscle cramps or aches in muscles
3. Rigidity of the throat and neck muscles that cause you difficulty in swallowing food
4. Muscle spasms of the mouth, which causes difficulty in chewing food and smiling
5. Progressive muscle spasm and involves most of the muscles of the body. In some cases, muscle spasms may be strong enough to cause bone fractures and joint dislocations.
6. Difficulty breathing because of the rigidity of the neck and chest muscles
7. Other symptoms, such as bloody stools, diarrhea, fever, headache, sensitive to touch, sore throat, sweating and rapid heartbeat.
2. Cephalic tetanus
Cases of cephalic tetanus characterized by spasm mouth and muscle weakness in at least one other face. In most cases, muscle spasms can take place and involve the muscles of the body and cause tetanus in general.
3. Local Tetanus
Local tetanus occurs when the muscle spasms affecting only the muscles near the site of injury. In many cases, muscle spasms can also worsen and affect other body muscles and develop into tetanus in general.
4. Neonatal tetanus
Neonatal tetanus affects newborns. Neonatal tetanus symptoms include irritability, decreased ability to suck, difficulty chewing and swallowing.