The dangers of lockjaw are both numerous and varied. Whether you have suffered an accident at work or an illness on holiday, lockjaw can be extremely inconvenient and painful.
What is lockjaw and what are the main dangers of lockjaw?
One of the main dangers of lockjaw is what it potentially represents. Tightening of the jaw muscle – lockjaw – is one of the most common symptoms of tetanus. A tetanus infection can have serious consequences for your health. The most serious of which are problems swallowing and breathing. Other symptoms of a tetanus infection include:
- Jaw cramping
- Sudden, involuntary muscle spasms, usually in the stomach
- Muscular stiffness and pains all over the body
- Headaches, fever and sweating
- Rapid heart rate
- Changes in blood pressure
What are the causes of tetanus?
Tetanus is not infectious in the sense that it can’t be spread from person to person. Instead, it is caused by bacteria getting into the body. The reason tetanus is one of the most important vaccinations to get to avoid illnesses on holiday is the infection can be caused by:
- Cuts, scrapes and grazes
- Minor lacerations or splits on the skin
- Animal bites
- Body piercings, tattoos and injections
- Eye injuries
It’s easy to see how these injuries may be caused by accidents on holiday. It doesn’t even need to be a big accident for the threat of tetanus to loom. Even the most innocuous-looking accident can have serious consequences.
The symptoms of tetanus – and therefore the dangers of lockjaw – tend to manifest themselves around 10 days after infection. If left untreated, the symptoms can get worse and even become life threatening.
What can I do in the event of injuries and accidents on holiday?
If you are injured on holiday or suffer an illness through negligence from tour operators etc., you may be due holiday illness compensation.
With over 16 years’ experience processing personal injury and illness claims, Accident Advice Helpline is perfectly placed to help.
A quick look at our 30-second claims test – unique for the industry – will give you a quick answer on your eligibility to claim.
Our lawyers all work on a 100% no-win, no-fee basis. Furthermore, the vast majority of holiday injury and illness claims are settled out of court.
Talk to our expert advisors today. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.