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could daily exposure to rust cause tetanus or some other type of illness

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Confusing Xrays: Rust in and by itself does not cause tetanus. However, chronic exposure to a cloud of rust particles could cause confusing chest xrays. Particle filte ... Read More
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
Not tetanus: Tetanus is caused by bacteria that may live on rusty nails and is introduced by a puncture wound. Chronic exposure to rust dust can lead to inhalati ... Read More

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Specializes in Pediatrics
Not the rust: It is not the rust, but bacteria that often live on rusty nails. It is the puncture wound that allows these bacteria to enter your body and grow in t ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Harm in making sure you are updated in your vaccination. If not may need to see your doctor wash scratch with soap and water
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
No: That is virtually impossible.
A female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Deep wounds only: Tetanus never takes hold in superficial, pre-existing skin wounds. Typically it takes a deep wound, as with a contaminated nail or other sharp object; ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natalie Geary
29 years experience Pediatrics
Tetanus: Yes- immediately.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: on what you swallowed. Was it sharp? dirty? in soil? old? metal? Most things with rust on them should not be swallowed. If you have not had a recen ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: not a set-up for tetanus infection, better get your shot for any future exposures/wounds, hopefully you won't have any, best wishes
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Tetanus: For a clean laceration, tetanus shot within 10 years is needed. For a dirty wound or object - tetanus shot within 5 years should be considered.

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