Tetanus shot - should I call Dr about this?

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Posted 6/27/2011 by scrappinboysmom in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 6/27/2011 11:00:43 AM
I cut my finger really bad the other day and had to get a Tetanus shot on Friday morning.

They said it would be a little red and sore the next day but if it lasts to call the Dr back.

Well, Saturday I woke up and there was a big hard lump at teh injection site adn it was a little warm. My whole arm was sore.

The soreness started to subside on Sunday and its not sore at all now, except for if I push on the injection site. So Im not worried about that. However, the site is still red, hard lump is still there (hasnt gone down in size), and it is still warm.

Should I call the Dr or is that still in the normal range for a Tetanus shot?



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Posted: 6/27/2011 11:09:40 AM
You might want to call the doctor ... I don't remember having that happen the last time I had a tetanus shot.



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Posted: 6/27/2011 11:21:42 AM
I would think this would be normal for as long as a week. When I had a Teatnus shot in college I felt sick and got a low grade fever for a couple of days after the shot.

I think both are common side effects. Nothing to get alarmed about unless the lump doesn't go away after a week or so.







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Posted: 6/27/2011 11:27:48 AM
I would call if I was concerned - you can probably talk to the office nurse who can determine whether it's normal or if you need to be seen.


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Posted: 6/27/2011 11:28:56 AM
I'd call. It can't hurt so I'd want to ask about it.


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Posted: 6/27/2011 12:04:16 PM
I wouldn't call because it sounds normal for me.........at least how tetanus shots affect me. That said, I am not a worrier and rarely call a doctor for anything.

ETA I was sore for about a week with my last tetanus.





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Posted: 6/27/2011 12:05:09 PM
The last time I had a tetanus shot, my arm was extremely sore for days. I don't recall any redness though. I personally wouldn't call, but if it makes you feel better, it couldn't hurt.

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Posted: 6/27/2011 1:35:00 PM
I had a tetnus shot earlier this year, and I had a huge welt where it was and my arm was sore for days. DH had one a few weeks later, and his was sore, but not quite as long.

if you're worried, check in with your doctor's office, but that's how I reacted to mine.

(It may have been more than just tetnus, mine was TDAP, but the doctor didn't mention it at the time, saw that's what I was billed for.)

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Posted: 6/27/2011 1:36:25 PM
I had that happen to me. But the soreness lasted about a week or so. The first few days, it hurt to even move my arm or make a fist. They said I was having an allergic reaction but that there wasn't anything to do except give it time to heal. You might want to just touch base with the dr. to be safe.


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Posted: 6/27/2011 1:42:23 PM
That sounds normal to me as well. When I had a tetanus shot done, my arm was so sore that I had trouble lifting it. The soreness lasted about a week.



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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:21:41 PM
My dd just recently stepped on barbed wire and she was due for a booster. About day 3 after the shot. She had a huge knot that was red, hot to the touch and quite sore. I called the immunization clinic and it is completely normal. However if she had a fever then we should go in...but she didn't. It was about a week after the shot that the redness and swelling subsided.

My best friend just stepped on a nail last week while refinishing her front porch. Just as my dd had, she followed the same pattern. And was a little freaked out by it even though she witnessed the same thing in my dd. She called her dr and they said the same thing. It's just been a week now and it's finally back to normal.

I don't know why they say it'll only be sore for a little while when realistically it's about a week. My other 2 dd's had dtap boosters and while not a pronounced, red and swollen like the one above they did complain of soreness for about a week.

So my point is. As long as you don't have a fever. I'm gonna say that it's completely normal, albeit sore as all get out. Hope you feel better soon!


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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:43:22 PM
Count me among the people who had a sore arm for a few days. I got a tetanus/pertussis shot earlier this year, and my arm was sore for a few days. Not fun.


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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:47:11 PM
That happened to me the last time I got a tetanus shot. I was seen by a nurse (I was at the doc's office for bloodwork anyway) and was told it was a normal "reaction" to the shot. She measured the red area & said she'd talk to the doc about it. Two days later she called me back & they wanted to put me on antibiotics for it. I refused because by that time it was starting to improve on it's own. I'd say it was at least a week before the redness & soreness went away.




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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:49:56 PM
According to the CDC website, swelling and pain are common side effects from a tetanus shot. "Swelling of the entire arm occurred in 3% of cases but did not require medical intervention." Unless you're incapacitated, I don't think you need to worry. Give it the Air Force cure - ice and motrin. You'll be fine.


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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:50:44 PM
I got the tetanus /pertussis shot two weeks ago and my arm was sore for five days so I vote normal!

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Posted: 6/27/2011 2:53:50 PM
I had that happen years ago. They gave me Zyrtec (before it was over the counter) to help the knot go down.

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Posted: 6/27/2011 3:16:12 PM
I'm another one who gets a lump and my arm is so painful for days that I wake up if I role over on it in my sleep each time I get a tetanus shot.


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Posted: 6/27/2011 5:32:28 PM
Thanks, ladies!

No fever, and my arm isnt even sore anymore. Unless I touch the spot where the shot was given, but that I consider to be normal. So Im not going to call. If its still like this in another week I'll call teh doctor.

It was just Tetanus that I got.
I was cutting chicken for supper and cut my finger too. So I had the knife with the raw chicken on it cut my finger. By the time I got to the doctor the cut was already showing signs of infection.

UGH. I did a good one!


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