Diagnosis and Treatment
Doctors can diagnose tetanus by examining the patient and looking for certain signs and symptoms. There are no hospital lab tests that can confirm tetanus.
Tetanus is a medical emergency requiring:
- Care in the hospital
- Immediate treatment with medicine called human tetanus immune globulin (TIG)
- Aggressive wound care
- Drugs to control muscle spasms
- Tetanus vaccination
Depending on how serious the infection is, a machine to help you breathe may be required.