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I just cut myself on some rusty metal, should I be ok? How rare is tetanus in the u.S.?

I just cut myself on some rusty metal, should I be ok? How rare is tetanus in the u.S.?

Rare because of shot: Tetanus spores are everywhere in nature and in high levels in some sites like the soil. Any break in the skin can allow tetanus spores in, where they create an infection that produces tetanus toxin/tetanus as a disease. As long as you completed a primary series & booster within 10 yrs you should be fine. If not get one within a few days. Tend the wound & observe for any sign of infection. ...Read more

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Could small cuts develop tetanus?

Could small cuts develop tetanus?

Depends: Small dirty cuts are openings in the skin that can allow the tetanus spores to grow in your tissue. It doesn't take many to start the process ; lead to tetanus. If you've had a booster within 5 yrs, just clean the cut ; watch for problems. If no booster, or you never completed the primary series, you should get one. Today they have the tdap which actually boosts you for tetanus, diphtheria ; pertussis. ...Read more

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How deep does a cut have to be to get tetanus?

How deep does a cut have to be to get tetanus?

Tetanus: While any open wound can be a source of tetanus, it is more common in wounds contaminated by dirt, feces, soil or saliva. It is also more like to occur as a result of puncture wounds, crush or avulsion injuries, burns, or necrotic/devitalized tissue. It is always wise to be current on vaccinations and if a person is behind who has an open wound, call your physician to get them updated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get tetanus from a knife cut?

Is it possible to get tetanus from a knife cut?

Potentially: If it has been over 10 years since your last tetanus shot or you don't know know when you had your last tetanus shot - it would be time for another one. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a simple cut cause tetanus?

Please tell me, could a simple cut cause tetanus?

Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud ; dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores (that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken ; the booster is simple ; readily available. ...Read more

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Tetanus-if it is a small cut, should we take injection?

Tetanus-if it is a small cut, should we take injection?

If has been 10 or: More years since you last had it or you don't know - then you are overdue. Why take unnecessary chances? Take care. ...Read more

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Got a tetanus 3 years back cut now do I need another one?

Got a tetanus 3 years back cut now do I need another one?

No: That booster should protect you for 10 yrs. Some folks that work in landscape gardening as pros or a hobby get boosters at 5yrs since they have a heavy exposure, but that is their cautious option, not a firm recommendation. ...Read more

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Hi. Cut myself with a knife a week ago. I don't think I have any tetanus symptoms but if had can I get a shot and be OK? Thanks

Booster: When was your last tetanus shot? Was it within the last 5 years. Was the knife clean? Would get a booster shot in consult with your primary care doc. If you have a shot in last 5 years you should be ok. Probability of tetanus with a kitchen knife is almost zero. ...Read more

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Yesterday I got a cut due to a blade. I got my last tetanus injection in 2011. What to do? It isn't a deep cut. Is tetanus injection imp.?

Your tetanus: Is good. Did you clean the wound with soap and water really well? That is important. If not do it now. Otherwise you will be fine ...Read more

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S it possible for TETANUS to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade? I can't move my neck, not sure if it's my gym or tetanus?

S it possible for TETANUS to show symptoms 1 month after been cut by a dirty blade? I can't move my neck, not sure if it's my gym or tetanus?

Prevent tetanus: It's unlikely u have tetanus a month after a contaminated injury. Most cases occur about a week or 10 days from the injury. Certain wounds are more likely than others to lead to tetanus-what's necessary is for the organisms to grow and produce toxin. Deep wounds, crush injuries, dirt contamination etc are risks. Would make sure your vaccines are up to date- tetanus is an awful disease. Hope u c MD ...Read more

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Does deep cut require tetanus shot?

Does deep cut require tetanus shot?

Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud & dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores (that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken & the booster is simple & readily available. ...Read more

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Will I need a tetanus injection for glass cut?

Will I need a tetanus injection for glass cut?

A cut is a cut: Tetanus is possible when a cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around, predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty nail is the classic source because it is on the ground to begin with when people step on it. Even if low risk it serves as a reminder to update your protection. If > 10 yrs get the shot. ...Read more

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How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

How bad does a cut have to be to get tetanus shot?

Dirty: The cut would need to be deep, ie penetrating. Dirty wounds necessitate tetanus booster. And of course the time of last vaccine is important. If greater than 5 years since last dose of tetanus. ...Read more

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How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

How soon should I get a tetanus shot after a deep cut?

As soon as possible: Do not put this off if it has been 10 years or more since your last shot or if you don't know when it was. Get it now. ...Read more

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Do I need to worry about tetanus if a small cut is healing normally?

Do I need to worry about tetanus if a small cut is healing normally?

Unlikely: It depends on what you cut yourself with how prevalent tetanus is where you are and if you've been immunized in the past. If you're not up-to-date on your tetanus booster, you should go get one. ...Read more

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Cuts are not deep, but because 2 bled, will I get tetanus or lockjaw?

Cuts are not deep, but because 2 bled, will I get tetanus or lockjaw?

Booster time: What did you cut yourself on? How long ago did you have a tetanus shot.The chances of getting tetanus are remote, but if it has been longer than ten years since your last tetanus shot, you can still be protected because tetanus is a slow growing organism. Get a booster if needed. ...Read more

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Got cut with rusty metal. Never had a tetanus shot., should I be concerned?

Get vaccinated!: You don't get tetanus from rust, you get it from dirt. But if you've never had a tetanus shot, you need to get with the program. It would be dumb to die of tetanus in peoria, il in 2013! if weren't vaccinated as a child, then you need more than just a booster; you need to start the entire series. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get tetanus from a rusted razor that I only used to cut leaves?

Yes: Yes, if you were cut by that rusty razor. If it has been more than 10 years since your last tetanus shot or you don't know your status- please address this. ...Read more