It was no too long ago that Francis Bacon, a figurative painter who made a few decades ago, had his paintings sold for a big amount of money. Yes, he's the guy that Margaret Thatcher referred as the guy who makes those horrible paintings.
Well, it was obvious that Francis Bacon was not only obsessed with the trichtype type of painting but in portraying the bleak human condition, thanks to his obsession with mundane things such as meat and quite differently, spirituality.
Art critics also agree – but what they don't know that his painting are anything but bleak compared to those of Sir Charles Bell, one of which portrayed the symptoms of tetanus in a patient.
Tetanus Symptoms and Side Effects
Almost everyone knows what tetanus is but if you must know – it is caused by the bacteria found in the soil, Clostridium tetani. Incidentally, while remaining in the soil during their lifespan, they stay infectious for a period of almost 40 years.
Usually, tetanus is associated with rust and nails but this is not so as even a wound which if not disinfected due to the exposure to the soil can cause tetanus that has mild to severe symptoms.
Now, there are four types of tetanus of which generalized tetanus is considered to be the most deadly as it involves the symptoms of muscular spasms throughout the body instead of occurring at the location of the wound.
One of the most common tetanus symptoms is lockjaw where the patient will not be able to move their jaws as a result of the poison (neurotoxin) that is emitted by bacteria.
This is because the neurotoxins block the signals from the from the spinal cord to the muscles, and which is cause of these muscle spasms that can either tear the muscles or even cause a fracture of the spine.
While this symptom is what makes tetanus so deadly, this can quickly turn fatal because when the breathing muscles contract, the patient will not be able to survive not unless they are on life support.
Some other side effects of this disease is fever, inability to swallow, excessive sweating, drooling, uncontrolled urination or defecation and irritability.
Since a large number of cases (almost 30 %) die of tetanus, the only way by which you can keep yourself protected from this disease is through immunization, and doctors recommend people to take a immunization shot every ten years.
Unlike other diseases which will not occur again once it happens, there are chances that tetanus can occur again and again if the patient is not careful with wounds.
Tetanus – What Treatment is Necessary?
As mentioned earlier, prevention is better than cure but in the case where the patient is suffering from severe tetanus , the treatment involves certain steps, and so here they are:
#1: Medication such as metronidazole is administered to the patient
#2: Bedrest is also mandatory in a nonstimulating environment
#3: Tetanus immune globulin is administered to the patient to reverse the effects of the poison
#4: continuous IV infusion of diazepam to relax muscles
#5: Sedatives are also given so that the patient can rest
#6: Surgery is conducted to clean the wound and the source of poison
#7: If necessary, and in extreme cases, breathing support with oxygen is provided
And no matter what, there is no disease that presents the bleakness of the human condition such as tetanus … and which is why Francis Bacon was a genius.