My six year old cut himself with rusty nail, now cannot bend easily – is it tetanus?

My boy is six years old he had a puncture with a rust nail while playing in our compound I did not see it until a week later the wound has already dry but his finger can not bend easily,please I need your help I am afraid of tetanus?





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Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

I do not think it is tetanus unless the wound shows signs if infection .and deeper than 1cm..the cause of inability to move the finger would be mechanical or physical due to scarring or pain . take him to an orthopedist..to see the real cause by exqmination..

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi
its not tetanus,although you need to give him a tetanus infection as early as possible. he may be unable to bend his finger because of some inflammation that still may be remaining around the finger joints.
give him anti inflammatory medicines and ice packs. he should be fine
thanks

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
tetanus is a generalised disease associated with painful sustained muscle spasms all over the body. it never occurs at a specific region of the body.
you should not worry. he still may be having some pain in the finger.apply coconut oil and gentlyy massage the finger to release the painful spasms. encourage him to bend the finger slowly.

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shw12

HI
TETANUS IS FIRST ACCOMPANIED BY SWELLING AND INFECTION AT THE SITE OF WOUND. AS YOU MENTIONED THAT THE WOUND HAS HEALED THERE ARE NO CHANCES OF TETANUS EVEN IN NEAR FUTURE. GIVE FIBRINOLYTIC ENZYME TABLETS TO REDUCE INFLAMMATION AND HELP BENDING THE FINGER