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How Bad Does A Cut Have To Be To Get Tetanus Shot
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
Any break in skin: The spores of tetanus are similar to any bacteria in their ability to enter a break in the skin and begin thriving on the juices therein.As the germ spores begin to form an infection, it will eventually be able to make tetanus toxin and cause tetanus.Some injuries are more likely than others to expose you to tetanus, but any break in the skin might.A booster every 10 yrs is simple protection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sutures: May need stitches if wound depth > 1/4”, wound edges are gaping or jagged or if fat / muscle is visibly extending from wound. If you can’t stop bleeding that requires medical intervention.See: http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tetanus EVERY 5-10yr: If a wound is dirty (contaminated with dirt/wood/metal etc.) and your last tetanus shot was >5 years ago then you may need a tetanus shot. With whooping cough epidemics all over the country it is best to get a tdap shot (tetanus+whooping cough) anyway. Generally, you need a tetanus shot every 10 years no matter the situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If you completed the primary series in childhood & have had one within five years you can probably just wash out a simple wound & not worry.If you have never had the series & have a dirty wound u could see the tetanus begin to set up over a day or so, so a shot & anti-toxin might be needed within hours.If u fall in the middle, get it done within 48hrs, but do a good job of cleaning the wound 1st. ...Read more
Booster every ten: After an initial series, boosters are given every ten years unless one has a dirty wound in which case the interval may be shortened. There is very little harm in getting an early dose. Tetanus vaccine is often combined with diphtheria and activated pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines. Dtap and tdap. ...Read more
Slight pain: The TB test (PPD) is administered just under the skin (intradermal) so the needle is not inserted deep into the skin. A very small needle is used for this test and it will be over before you even know it. Use of distraction techniques while being injected might help relieve the discomfort or anxiety associated with this mildly painful procedure. ...Read more
If you got rust in a scratch that didnt bleed can u get tetanus? If so how long does it take to show symptoms? No booster since childhood
If > 10 yrs U need 1: Tetanus protection from the primary or booster series will begin to decline over time. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus booster, you should consider one at your convenience. If you are not protected a booster within 24hrs of a potential tetanus exposure will be necessary.Today we recommend the tdap which boosts your coverage against tetanus, pertussis and diphtheria. ...Read more
Small cut from metal table in kitchen. Disinfected. I have dr appt. in 48 hrs. Am I ok to wait until then to get tetanus shot? Last one was 12 yrs ago
I got a minor cut from a old rusty knife I am up to date on my tetanus shot but should i still go get it checked?
I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?
My husband is 48 years old and had a tetanus shot 6 years ago, he got cut by a bottle last night, should he get another tetanus shot?
Not needed: He doesn't need one.Get a more detailed answer ›
What to do if i got a cut tripping with some metal wires on the ground, should I get a tetanus shot?
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 wire is a classic source because it was on the ground.If > 10 yrs since youe last booster, get the shot. ...Read more
Hi! If I got a tetanus shot last 8 years ago and cut myself last Friday but it has healed well, should I get a tetanus booster?
Maybe: You should be protected from your past booster (10 yrs) unless the wound was contaminated or care delayed. Since you are at the end of the useful span of protection, a booster now or at your convenience might be a good idea. ...Read more
I was cut by a soup can today and had the wound bandaged by an emt. He suggested that i get a tetanus shot within the week. Just want to know if it's ok to wait over the weekend. I don't want to use the emergency room. Thank you
You : You should have a tetanus shot within 72 hours ideally. However it is very unlikely that you will get tetanus from a soup can. It is a good idea to get it updated though, as this will last you from 5-10 years. Also the new tetanus shot also has the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, and we are having a whooping cough outbreak in this country. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Minor cut from tin can. Last tetanus shot just over 10 yrs ago. How long can I wait before I get another shot?
With Tetanus: It is better not to delay if your shot is out of date. ...Read more
I haven't had a booster and i am 66 years old do i need a tetanus shot because i have a bad cut from a kitchen appliance.
Tetanus: You need a booster because you're 66 and haven't had one in many years however it is unrelated to the kitchen appliances. That Miss Liz on Rusty anoxic areas and will affect humans from dirty rusty instruments I will assume your kitchen appliances a relatively clean and rust free ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Logical question am I more likely to get tetanus through a scrape with a tiny cut or a deep wound? And why get another tetanus shot if you have one
DeepContaminatedWoun: It can be deep wound,but it depends more if it is a clean wound like with a blade or knife at home or a wound outside in the dirt.soil,and animal feces.This is because the spores of the tetanus bacteria are found in these areas.When the spores enter deep flesh wound that can produce a powerful toxin which impair the nerves that control your muscle.Rarely superficial contaminated wounds can also ca ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I cut myself with a staple that was on a package sent from China. It's small, kinda deep cut. Should I get a tetanus shot? (Idk when I last had one)
Yes: if it has been more than 5 years since your last shot or if you cant remember, you should get a new shot, sooner rather than later. If you know the doctor you went to the last time you had your tetinus shot, they probably have records and can tell you when you had your last shot. Also look out for signs of infection, like increaseing warmth or draining puss, increasing pain, etc ...Read more
Got cut with a dirty blade desinfected with KMnO4.No local signs of inflamation. Last date of tetanus shot 17.11.2005. Shoul get tetanus shot again ?
Yes: Since it has been more than 5 years since your last booster, you should get one even though there are no signs of infection/inflammation. Make sure that you get a Tdap, as we now know you need pertussis boost as well and you would not have gotten that back in 2005. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cut from can lid in trash bag this am. Called dr who said minor cut and no need for tetanus shot but can't recall booster last 10 yrs. Get one in am?
Yes: It would probably be better to get one, just to be on the safe side. ...Read more
Should i get a tetanus shot? I've been getting small cuts/ scratches from metal lately i checked and i don't think there was rust. I am a hypochondriac
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