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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes lump on the area of tetanus shot?

Day before yesterday I accidentally stepped on an exposed two inch rusted nail that went through the sole of my shoe into my foot. The hole bled for a little bit and then I went to the hospital and took a tetnus shot. My foot is recovering and there is a swollen lump on my arm where the tetnus shot was given. Is a swelling normal in case of a tetnus shot? Any further suggestions for my foot? Am I still having any harmful or dangerous infections? Thank you.
Sat, 24 May 2014
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Thanks for your query and an elucidate history.
The swelling in a spot of tetanus shot can cause a swelling because of few reasons. Local reaction of the contents of the injections as this is a toxoid / local inside bleeding ( this is a blind procedure) / infection ...
So the best way to have a good antibiotic cover along with anti-inflammatory medicines which will help for the injection site as well as the site of nail injury.
If you want immediate immunity against tetanus , it is given by an Injection called ATS ( anti-tetanus serum). The present dose works as a booster only, and is good if you are already immunized in the past.
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