Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Tetanus
Muscle spasms are the most distinctive symptom of tetanus. It is colloquially known as lockjaw. The spasms typically begin near the site of the injury, but after that they often move to the jaw and the muscles used for chewing. This makes it difficult for the patient to open his mouth. Any muscles can be affected, however. Mild spasms may feel like aches and pains, especially in the back and limbs. However, the spasms are usually more severe and cause the affected body parts to move or lock in place.
These spasms typically last for a few minutes at a time, and are often quite painful. They may be triggered by stimuli such as noises, lights and touch. These external stimuli do not have to be severe
Tetanus has some symptoms that might be confused with other diseases, such as the flu, but the primary symptom is a distinctive type of muscle spasm that makes tetanus easy for most people to recognize. Although tetanus can be fatal if left untreated, quickly recognizing the symptoms and seeking medical treatment usually results in a full recovery with no lasting neurological effects.