The Cause Of The Jaw Feels Stiff?
A week ago my leg was injured by a rusty wire, and the location of the wire was in a muddy place, because I thought the wound was not deep, so I didn’t take it to the hospital, but after 2 days I was afraid, so I took it to the health center and was given a drug in the form of antibiotics, and now it’s 9th day, my jaw feels a little weird like stiff but it’s still easy to open, is this a symptom of tetanus, because after I went to the doctor and the doctor saw my wound he said this kind of wound did not have the potential for tetanus? Thank you for your answer
Hello Cahya, thank you for consulting us on HealthReplies.com.
Basically, tetanus is caused by a bacterial infection called Clostridium tetani, when bacteria enter, the bacteria will go through an incubation period of at least 4-21 days. So the symptoms will appear at least during the incubation period, but generally appear around 7 days to 10 days after infection.
Symptoms of infection from the C.tetani bacteria include:
dizziness, fever, excessive sweating, heart palpitations, while the typical symptoms are:
tense and stiffness in the jaw muscles (trismus0 neck muscles or abdominal muscles feel stiffness difficult to swallow difficult breathing symptoms that appear are not sequential or appear one-on-one, but generally will appear simultaneously or a short time interval. So if you feel stiff in the jaw , not necessarily the symptoms are tetanus infection.Some other diseases that also cause the appearance of rigid symptoms in the jaw are:
Temporo-mandibular Junction Disorder (TMJ Disorder) infection actinomycosis dental infections that affect facial muscles To ensure that you should consult with your doctor for a complete examination, and of course to ward off the possibility of tetanus infection, because of course the complications are really dangerous and threatening to health, such as :
heart rhythm disorders brain damage due to lack of oxygen supply respiratory disturbances due to disruption of respiratory muscles (laryngospasm) fractures due to tightened muscles and stiff nosocomial infections due to prolonged hospitalization. Thus our explanation, hopefully answering your questions.