TeenHealthFX appreciates that your father might be angry with your actions, but we feel pretty certain that he would be a lot more upset at the idea of your having something medically wrong with you that you are ignoring out of fear of getting into trouble. There is only one you and you only have one body – it is not worth jeopardizing your health because it means you will have to face the consequences with your parents of some maybe not-so-great decisions you made with some friends. Your health is just more important!
You need to tell your father you got a cut on your leg, that the skin around the cut is changing in color, and that you are noticing a shaking in your leg since you got this cut. You NEED to be seen by a medical professional who can examine the wound, evaluate your symptoms, and provide any necessary medical treatment. There are many kinds of bacterial infections, including tetanus (more information is listed below), that can cause serious problems so you need to see your doctor RIGHT AWAY given the source of your cut, the skin discoloration and the shakiness in your leg.
If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.
Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease caused by a toxin that can cause stiffness of the jaw muscles and other muscles. Tetanus can cause severe muscle spasms, make breathing difficult and can threaten your life. Spores of the tetanus bacteria, Clostridium tetani, are usually found in soil, but can exist virtually anywhere. If these spores enter a wound, the bacteria can produce a toxin that can interfere with the nerves controlling your muscles.
Symptoms of tetanus may include:
· Spasms of your jaw, neck, and other muscles
· Stiffness of your jaw, neck and other muscles
· Difficulty breathing
· Muscular irritability
When to see you your doctor:
See your doctor to get a tetanus booster shot if you have a deep or dirty wound and you haven’t had a booster short within the past five years (or aren’t sure of your vaccination status).
15-24 year olds account for half of all new STD infections. 1
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. 2
"Transgender" is a term that includes the many ways that people's gener identities can be different from the sex they were assigned at birth. 3
Usually, puberty starts between ages 8 and 13 in girls and ages 9 and 15 in boys. 4
About 6-9% of children and adolescents have ADHD. 5
Tobacco smoking can lead to lung cancer, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. 6
Anorexia has the highest death rate of any mental disorder. 7
Studies show that people who eat breakfast do better in school, tend to eat less throughout the day, and are less likely to be overweight. 8
Young drivers (ages 16-20) are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% than when they have not been drinking. 9
Dating violence can take place in person or electronically, such as repeated texting or posting sexual pictures of a partner online. 10
Dehydration- not having enough fluids in your body- can cause headache, fatigue, crankiness and poor concentration. 11
National guidelines recommend that young people spend no more than two hours each day using electronic media for recreation. 12
A panic attack is a surge of intense fear and discomfort that usually peaks within ten minutes, but can last as long as several hours. 13
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. 14
42.2% of female rape victims were first raped before age 18. 15
Pregnancy and birth are significant contributions to high school dropout rates among girls. 16
Females aged 15-19 continue to have higher rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea than any other age or sex group. 17
E-cigarettes are the most commonly used form of tobacco among youth in the United States. 18
More teens die from prescription drugs than heroin/cocaine combined. 19
Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use drugs than those who don't. 20
20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. 21
Bipolar disorder is defined as a "brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks." 22
An obese child or teenager is one who weighs at least 20% more than their ideal body weight. 23
3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. 24
About 208,000 young people under 20 years of age have diagnosed diabetes. 25
Reversible methods of birth control include: intrauterine contraception, hormonal methods, barrier methods and fertility awareness-based methods. 26
Each day, nearly 3,000 kids under the age of 18 try their first cigarette and another 700 become regular, daily smokers. 27
Approximately 85% of people between the ages of 12 and 24 experience at least minor acne. 28
Most tobacco smokers begin smoking during adolescence. 29
90% of teens who are LGBT come out to their close friends. 30