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What happens if an infected wound is left untreated and won't go away? What if you have had a tetanus shot within the last 5 years?

What happens if an infected wound is left untreated and won't go away? What if you have had a tetanus shot within the last 5 years?

Infected wound: The germs from an infected would can enter into the blood stream and can seed various organ systems such as brain, heart, liver, kidneys, etc. Your tetanus shot is good for ten years but won't protect you from organisms like strep and staph. Don't be foolish and seek help. ...Read more

Organisms (Definition)

1. An individual form of life, such as a plant, animal, bacterium, protist, or fungus; a body made up of organs, organelles, or other parts that work together to carry on the various processes of life. 2. A system regarded as analogous in its structure or functions to a living ...Read more


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I had my tetanus shot 3 years ago. I was cut by the door of a locker which caused me to bleed. Should I be worried about getting infected?

I had my tetanus shot 3 years ago. I was cut by the door of a locker which caused me to bleed. Should I be worried about getting infected?

Infection alert: You should be covered for tetanus but you could develop a staph or strep infection. Be on the lookout for redness, throbbing or discharge. ...Read more

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Would a puncture wound infected with tetanus typically exhibit some obvious signs?

Would a puncture wound infected with tetanus typically exhibit some obvious signs?

No it does not: No the wound will not exiibit any signs as tetanus bacteria is not visible ...Read more

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When infected with tetanus, can your bones actually break?

When infected with tetanus, can your bones actually break?

Yes: Though rare in this country, tetanus discriptions of the patient care from 60 years ago are quite striking. Patients were often kept in darkened rooms with minimal stimulation as a loud noise could set off a muscle spasm that was so violent it could snap bones. Whether this is more urban legend passed down to impressionable med students or not, the descriptions of my staff id guy were memorable. ...Read more

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Has there been any cases recorded where clostridium tetani infected human with tetanus by eating food? Thanks

Has there been any cases recorded where clostridium tetani infected human with tetanus by eating food? Thanks

Don't know of any: Cases from clostridium tetani. However it can happen with clostridium botulism. See this article: http://www. Ncbi. Nim. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001624/ ** infant botulism can occur with raw honey or corn syrup. Home canned foods can be contaminated with it. ...Read more

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Cut my finger 5 days ago, tetanus up to date- finally starting to heal. As long as its not red or painful then it's not infected, correct?

Cut my finger 5 days ago, tetanus up to date- finally starting to heal. As long as its not red or painful then it's not infected, correct?

Infection: Signs of infection can start out as swelling and progress to getting warm, red, painful and drain pus. If no swelling redness pain or drainage should be okay. Keep clean consult an MD to ensure your safety. ...Read more

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Can someone that is infected with the tetanus bacteria, be treated if it is progressed moderately and is tetanus disease slow growing or rapid. Is there a blood test to detect tetanus to see if you are infected? The last time I had a tetanus shot was 26

Can someone that is infected with the tetanus bacteria, be treated if it is progressed moderately and is tetanus disease slow growing or rapid. Is there a blood test to detect tetanus to see if you are infected? The last time I had a tetanus shot was 26

Clinical diagnosis: Tetanus is a clinical diagnosis, not by conventional culture. There is no blood test either for diagnosis. The best way to prevent tetanus is to get immunization and booster dose every ten years, . ...Read more

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Cut finger on metal 24 hrs ago. Tetanus ok, washed, doesn't look infected. Very tiny bit blood when change bandage. Normal healing or need stitches?

Cut finger on metal 24 hrs ago. Tetanus ok, washed, doesn't look infected. Very tiny bit blood when change bandage. Normal healing or need stitches?

Mgt: If the cut is open and not healing well, then I would advise having it checked. There are steri strips which can help to close the edges of the wound. Neosporin can be used after the area is cleaned gently to decrease healing time. ...Read more

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How many different micro organisms can infect my eye just my left one.?

How many different micro organisms can infect my eye just my left one.?

There can be only 1: If your question is howmany organisms are causing infection in your eye, the answer is only 1
but if you want to know how many organisms can cause eye infection, the answer is many. That incldes bacteria like strep and staph and others, and viruses like adeno virus, herpes zoster virus and others. ...Read more

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Stepd on toothpck 2mo ago. Wnt to ER, got Tetnus shot. Spasms/twitches all over, jaw pain/invol head twistng occas. Recov from resp. Infect. Tetanus?

Stepd on toothpck 2mo ago. Wnt to ER, got Tetnus shot. Spasms/twitches all over, jaw pain/invol head twistng occas. Recov from resp. Infect. Tetanus?

No: At 25 years usually all people have their tetanus immunization uptodate (requirement college for ex). The fact that this happened 2 months ago makes unlikely the symptoms described as tetanus. ...Read more

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If you get scratched by a rusty nail do u need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: Tetanus shots are recommended every 10yrs. However, I usually recommend getting one, with an injury, if it's been more than 5yrs. With the new recommendations to get a Tdap, (tetanus, diphtheria AND pertussis) it might be the perfect opportunity to protect you and unimmunized infants, from whooping cough. This replaces the old Td. ...Read more

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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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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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Is it possible to have the tetanus bacteria active in one’s body for an extended period of time without having death result?

Is it possible to have the tetanus bacteria active in one’s body for an extended period of time without having death result?

No risk, no worry: Tetanus bacteria only cause localized infections, usually in the skin. They don't survive and are not carried "for an extended period of time". If you don't have a recent wound or skin infection, there is no possibility you have tetanus. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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If you got rust in a scratch that didn't bleed can u get tetanus? If so how long does it take to show symptoms? No booster since childhood

If you got rust in a scratch that didn't bleed can u get tetanus? If so how long does it take to show symptoms? No booster since childhood

My thoughts...: Just go get a tetanus booster tomorrow either at urgent care or at your regular doctor's office. You need one anyway, so just get it done. ...Read more

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How can tetanus cause death?

Paralyzes breathing: Tetanus makes the muscles contract all at the same time, which is very painful and eventually makes it impossible to breathe. If someone gets tetanus, and it happens because people can't get or refuse immunization, nowadays we can paralyze the patient and put him/her on a ventilator until the disease subsides. ...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 often are tetanus shots needed?

How often are tetanus shots needed?

Depends on situation: To maintain protection over a lifetime booster shots every 10 years are recommended. If you work in & around gardens & other soil based terrain on a regular basis, or have a cut after 5 years in such a setting, a booster may be reasonable. This is based on one having had the basic tetanus series in the past. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am at risk of tetanus?

Tetanus risk.: If you have an open wound that occurred when outside or has been in contact with soil or there is a puncture wound these are higher risk for tetanus. If it has been > 10 years since your last tetanus shot or you don't know when it was - that also ^'s risk. ...Read more

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How much time is taken to cure tetanus?

How much time is taken to cure tetanus?

Depends: Treatment of tetanus depends on the patient, type of tetanus and severity. The earlier in the disease tetanus is detected, the course of treatment can be shorter. Giving Tetanus Immune Globulin also helps the shorten the treatment time. Recovery also depends if you have localized tetanus or generalized. ...Read more

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How common is tetanus in the united states?

Very rare: About 30-50 cases of tetanus are reported to the cdc annually in the us, and unlike in the past, only about 15-25% die. This low # is attributed to the high vaccination rate.

As a starting point, for more information, see: http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5203a1.Htm. ...Read more

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What can tourists need to know about tetanus?

What can tourists need to know about tetanus?

Tetanus: Tetanus is not an airborn illness, it occurs form injury if it is contaminated. If the tourist is going to involve in some injury prone activities, should better update tetanus immunization.
Routinely, everybody should get tetanus booster every 10 years. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have tetanus?

Can you tell me how to know if I have tetanus?

You'll know: There's no mistaking lockjaw. Everybody around you will recognize that you are seriously sick with every muscle in your body contracting at maximum intensity. ...Read more

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What are symptom of initial stages of tetanus?

Tetanus: Gosh! It so rare-- and thankfully so! As name suggests-- muscle go through involuntary spasms or tetany--- usually triggered by sound, water, airwaves. As and when it progresses, the spasm of muscles of wind pipe-- is life threatening! ...Read more

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Do you have to be hospitalized for a verymild case of tetanus?

Do you have to be hospitalized for a verymild case of tetanus?

Yes: Until it is clear that the case of tetanus is, "very mild" and is not. In fact, progressive a person with tetanus should be hospitalized and treated with anti-toxin, antibiotics, and placed in a quiet, dimly lit environment, usually in an intensive care setting. If the disease is not progressive the patient can then be treated on a regular unit until recovered, . ...Read more

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Please explain what happens if I don't get my tetanus injection?

Forgive my frankness: If you get a wound -- even a fairly trivial one -- that gets contaminated with tetanus, your muscles will go into cramps so severe that eventually you can't breathe and you'll either have to be a ventilator or you'll die. Before immunization, this was commonplace. Don't be a sucker. Do what you need to do. ...Read more

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What are the life spans of the tetanus detecting memory b cells?

Booster at ten years: While I cannot answer your question specifically, it is good to get a booster dose of tetanus vaccine every ten years. ...Read more

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How common is neonatal tetanus?

How common is neonatal tetanus?

Depends on location: Neonatal tetanus is more common in situations where mom was never immunized or incompletely immunized leaving the baby without maternal protection at birth. Add that to the localized practices & problems result. Cutting the cord with a contaminated blade, or the application of dung (practiced in some cultures) to speed cord stump separation & there's a good chance baby will get neonatal tetanus. ...Read more