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A 24-year-old male asked:

someone scratched my hand with their nails by accident.the scratch was pretty deep and was bleeding alot.is there a chance they passed on diseases?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vythilingam Alagappan
Bariatrics 39 years experience
Depends on the clean: If under their nail bed if there is a lot of dirt it can be transmitted and cause infection.may need an updated tetanus shot also
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Highly unlikely: If you washed hand after, a local Ann infection risk is very low. Redness, swelling and pus are signs of infection.
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Possibly: Of course you couldn't be infected by a blood-borne pathogen/infection--such as hepatitis or HIV--because there is no blood to transmit it in the fingernails. Perhaps you might get an infection if the fingernails were very dirty and carrying disease causing bacteria on them. Washing very well with anti-bacterial soap should have prevented that. Hope you are doing well.

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Last updated Sep 19, 2016

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