Tetanus shot swelling at injection site normal?

  1. I am a nursing student who starts clinicals in January. I just received a tetanus shot on Thursday with no problems the day of injection. But starting Friday I noticed pain at the injection site, totally normal I understand, but on Saturday the site began to swell and is noticably red and painful. It is now swollen to roughly the diameter of a tennis ball with the swelling and redness radiating out from the injection site. There is no pus, oozing or blood from the injection site, just redness and swelling. The injection was intramuscular in the deltoid region.
    Is this a normal reaction? I plan to call my doc tomorrow just to be sure.
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  3. by   TazziRN
    We can't give advice, sorry.
  4. by   LadyT618
    I would see a doc about that......but regarding second post, since when?
  5. by   All_Smiles_RN
    I agree with calling your physician.
  6. by   mixyRN
    Quote from TazziRN
    We can't give advice, sorry.
    Hi Tazzi, I wan't asking for advice. I just wondered if any nurses had seen this reaction before with a tetanus shot. I'm not going to substitute any nurse's jusdgement for my physician's medical advice.
    Just wondering if the reaction is unusual or common.
  7. by   sirI
    per the tos:

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    to the op, only your pcp should be answering questions of this nature. please contact your pcp if you have questions.