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A 55-year-old female asked:

A small needle stuck inside my toe from under my plastic flip flop. the puncture don't bleed but had a very very tiny black head (a very small black spot).my last tetanus booster shot was 5 years 3 months ago. do i need another tetanus booster shot?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not particularly: You usually get about 10 yrs from a tetanus booster so this is not the primary issue.It may be a reasonable thing to do to act as a reminder to get one if/when convenient. The main issue from such injuries is the introduction of other germs by the needle. The site should be watched closely for swelling/redness/pain & if so evaluated by your doc. Deep foot infections can require hospital care.
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 26 years experience
What kind of needle: It wasn't clear what kind of needle you got stuck with. Used hypodermic needles can carry hepatitis c, hepatitis b, and HIV. If you got stuck with a hypodermic, you would benefit from anti-hepatitis B immunoglobulin, antiretroviral therapy, and testing for hepatitis C.
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Last updated Dec 31, 2020


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