(Closed) Tetanus Shot Reactions?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
987 posts
Busy bee

@Baroness_Meg:  I always find that tetanus shots hurt more than most – during and after! I had a flu shot recently and had a similar reaction to the one you’re having now – although not to the extent.

I recommend – for peace of mind, to call the clinic and ask to speak to the nurse about it. They will be able to tell you if it’s normal, or can ask the doctor for you.

Post # 4
831 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Tetanus shots suck. I never had a lump, but it hurt like hell for a week after and I could barely lift my arm either. Maybe call the doc just because of the lump? A golfball size lump sounds a bit concerning – but I’m sure it’s something that they can address easily.

Post # 5
2974 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i got a tetanus shot back in feb. i was a little sore for a couple days, but no swelling or anything.

i had always heard that tetanus shots hurt like a mother, but it wasn’t bad. i got a flu shot at the same time and that one hurt more, haha.

Post # 6
2876 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

oh tetanus is a horrible injection, always led to a lot of pain for me

reminds me, im probably overdue

Post # 7
10368 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I get horrible pain in the whole upper arm at the injection site, but i’ve never gotten a lump – especially not one that large. Might want to call the doctor just in case. Do you have any other signs of an allergic reaction? Swelling in your throat/rash/etc?

Post # 8
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

i got a big lump, a temperature and a lot of pain. it is normal.

Post # 9
1 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

That happened to me and I went back to the doctor. I was having an allergic reaction 🙁 They gave me prescription antihistamines and drew a big black line around it and said I needed to go to the ER if it went outside the line. Definitely go back and see your doctor or at least see if you can talk to a nurse.

Post # 10
2430 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It sounds like an allergic reaction to the shot if the lump is that big. I would get it checked out just to be safe.

Post # 13
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Baroness_Meg:  I got a lot of itch and lump, but didn’t give it a second thought. 

If you think you have an allergic reaction, take a Benadryl or Clairtin.  It shouldn’t hurt, and it might help. 

Post # 15
45649 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


It is normal to have redness, swelling, warmth and pain at the injection site. The swelling can include a lump.

Immunizations stimulate an inflammatory response. your body is building up antibodies to the antigen.

If you don’t have hives all over the body, rapid swelling of the throat , mouth or tongue or trouble breathing, you likely do not need to seek medical attention.

Take Ibuprofen for the discomfort and swelling and apply ice.


Post # 16
45649 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Baroness_Meg:  If you forego regular booster shots  (every 10 years) you will need a different injection if you have a wound that is high risk for tetanus.

If you have ever seen anyone with tetanus, as I have, you will keep your imunizations current.

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