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A 19-year-old female asked:

Can rust/burnt food from baking pans and a griddle give you tetanus?i think a piece of rust/burnt food got in my finger.got it out with nail clipper.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not directly: The issue for tetanus is not the agent that caused a wound in your skin. (although some are more likely than others) The problem is the tetanus spores that can be present in the dust, dirt, environment anywhere and use any open cut to get in and cause tetanus. If you have not had a booster within 10 years it is reasonable to get one soon.
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