Got scratched on upper arm, healed with neosporine. Stiffness in neck. Is this a tetanus infection?
I got a slight scratch on my upper arm, from arusty fence wire about 6 days ago. The wound healed easly with neosporine. I have not had a tetnus shot for many years. I'm a retired teacher. Last night I felt a stifness in my neck and began to associate the rusty wire scratch from 6 days ago to the present condition. Is this a tetnus infection?
I don't think you have tetanus because simple abrasions do not result in tetanus. The classical presenting symptoms of tetanus are TRISMUS (Lock jaw), sustained facial muscle contraction (Risus sardonicus), Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), neck pain or stiffness, Back muscles contraction (Ophistonus) and rigidity of abdominal wall etc.