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A 19-year-old female asked:

my flip flop scratched me on my leg.it broke the skin a tad,didn't bleed but hurts.i wear these outside, should i be worried about tetanus?i'm scared

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
General Surgery 43 years experience
No you do not: No you do not have to worry about tetanus for the kind of cut you have described. my advise ,for now apply topical antibiotic ,wear socks, until it is completely healed.
Dr. Tracie Leonhardt
Emergency Medicine 29 years experience
Tetanus: tetanus is an infection that occurs with a puncture would like a animal bite or nail. You should not worry with a scratch on the skin.

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