Home remedies for Tetanus

An Overview

A Tetanus shot is highly crucial vaccine to help your body fight off dangerous bacteria. This bacteria is called the Clostridium tetani. Once it attacks your body, you’ll feel an immense pain from all the muscles in your body. It may even cause death. That’s why a Tetanus shot is necessary. The shot is often given on the arm and swelling may occur but here are the ways you can treat it. Beforehand, read some of the causes and the effects to help you treat the swell better.

Cuts, abrasions, scrapes and puncture wounds must be washed and cleaned to remove any debris or foreign particles to prevent infection. Washing wounds and cuts with hot water and wiping them clean with a soft clean cloth and applying an anti-septic cream or powder will help prevent infection. Home remedies for tetanus prevention include immersing the injured part of the body in hot water, smearing a raw poultice of ground peach leaves or a poultice of powdered turmeric and hot candle wax on the wound. Hot turpentine is used to apply on the wound as well as to massage the neck, arms and jaw if stiffness is experienced. It must be remembered that the focus of home remedies should be prevention of infection and treatment of symptoms. Once the infection sets in and the toxin produced by the bacteria starts affecting the nerves and the muscles, treatment with antitoxin and tetanus immunological, combined with antibiotics is vital to prevent fatal consequences.

Home remedies to treat Tetanus

1. Cool the burn.  Run cool (not cold) tap water over the burn for 10 to 15 minutes or until the pain eases. Or apply a clean towel dampened with cool tap water. Don’t use ice. Putting ice directly on a burn can cause further damage to the tissue.

2. Be prepared to take antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria, including C. tetani, but the problem with tetanus has more to do with the toxin produced by the bacterial spores. The powerful toxin produced by the bacterial spores (once in your body) causes the vast majority of symptoms because it attaches to nerve tissue and causes excitation, which explains the widespread muscle contractions and spasms.  If you catch tetanus in its early stages, then antibiotics can be effective because they can kill the bacteria before they release much toxin.
If your condition is advanced, antibiotics may be relatively useless, so their potential side effects may not outweigh possible benefits.

3. Remove rings or other tight items from the burned area. Try to do this quickly and gently, before the area swells.
Don’t break small blisters (no bigger than your little fingernail). If blisters break, gently clean the area with mild soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a nonstick gauze bandage.

4. Quickly treat wounds. Cleaning and disinfecting any deep wound, especially punctures of your feet), is important to kill any C. tetani bacteria and prevent them from producing toxin in your body. After the bleeding has stopped, thoroughly rinse your wound with clean water or saline solution if you have any. Then clean the wound with some antibacterial alcohol-based sanitizer before covering it up with a clean bandage.
Antibiotic creams, such as Neosporin and Polysporin, also work well. They don’t promote faster healing, but they discourage bacterial growth and infection.
Change your dressing / bandage regularly, at least once a day or whenever it gets wet or dirty.

5. Apply moisturizer or aloe vera lotion or gel. This may soothe the area and prevent dryness as the wound heals.
If needed, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.Nonprescription products include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen (Aleve) and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).

6. Consider a tetanus shot. Make sure that your tetanus booster is up to date. Doctors recommend people get a tetanus shot at least every 10 years.

7. Wear appropriate footwear. Most cases of tetanus develop due to stepping on something sharp that’s covered in animal feces or contaminated dirt that contains spores of C. tetani bacteria — nails, glass and splinters, for examples. As such, wearing sturdy footwear with thicker soles, especially while on farms or in rural areas, is a good preventative strategy.

8. Always wear flip-flops or sandals when walking on the beach and wading into shallow water.

9. Don’t forget to also protect your hands when working outdoors or in shops. Wear thicker gloves made from leather or a similar material

10. Acupuncture To treat tetanus (commonly called lockjaw), the practitioner, may focus on the following points: Gallbladder 14; Stomach 4, 6, and 7; Large Intestine 4 and 20; and Governing Vessel 26. Acupressure The therapist typically manipulates points on the face and jaw to help relieve tetanus symptoms.

11. Chinese Herbal Therapy.  Arisaema is often prescribed for tetanus. Many of the immuneenhancing formulas are used most often with herbs for spasm, usually in combination with conventional treatment.

12. Give Light Activities for Arm. Although you may need to not move your arm around as much as usual, it still needs a bit of an exercise. Give your arm some light movements. For instance, you can raise your arm for a couple of minutes. Another thing that you can do is to move it in circular motion. Light exercise keeps the blood flowing without too much pain.

13. Stretch the Arm. Always try to keep your arm relaxed. An intense arm will cause the muscle to contract and harder for the swell to go away. Once in a while, stretch out your arm as far as you can. Release all the tension so your arm can relax. Continue doing this until you see that the swelling has reduced in size.

14. Wear the Right Clothing. Do not wear very tight clothing when the swell is still there. Choose something light, smooth and airy. You can also wear a short sleeve clothing if you can. Tight material will cause so much pain on the area. Your swollen skin may also get irritation from having too many frictions with the fabric you are wearing. You may want to read the ways to get rid of swollen finger.

15. Avoid Sleeping on the Swollen Area. When you sleep on your side, choose to sleep on your healthy arm. Remind yourself not to fall asleep on the side of your arm that is still healing. Accidental pressure on your swollen area may hurt you. The healing time can become longer too.

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