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Doctor insights on: Chances Of Getting Tetanus

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What are my chances I get tetanus if I was pricked by a needle while working outside?

What are my chances I get tetanus if I was pricked by a needle while working outside?

Some basics: Tetanus spores, like dust, are everywhere in the environment and in higher concentration outside and I soils. They can enter any break in the skin like regular germs. Over time they emerge and establish a germ infection and begin to make the toxin that causes tetanus. If you've had a tetanus booster within 10 yrs you only need to worry about a regular germ infection, if not, get one. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting tetanus, i.endocarditis, sepsis, bacteremia if you got amoxicillin 30 min before gettin cut by dirty blade desinfec KMnO4?

What are the chances of getting tetanus, i.endocarditis, sepsis, bacteremia if you got amoxicillin 30 min before gettin cut by dirty blade desinfec KMnO4?

Strange question: Was this a fraternity initiation or some other odd ceremony? A knife is disinfected with potassium permanganate but still dirty, you're given a prophylactic antibiotic and then cut with it. Phone your physician. You'll need a tetanus booster and watch the wound for signs of infection. If you take endocarditis prophylaxis at the dentist, your physician will advise you. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are my chances of getting tetanus?

Could you tell me what are my chances of getting tetanus?

Tetanus: Tetanus is a rare occurrence nowadays because of vaccination. If you were immunized as a child before you entered kindergarten and have received a tetanus booster every ten years, you should be safe. If you work in healthcare, are pregnant or will be exposed to a young infant in your family, it is recommended that you receive dtap instead of the regualr td vaccine. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting tetanus through a scratch with no blood and being cleaned? Is the risk low or no?

What are the chances of getting tetanus through a scratch with no blood and being cleaned? Is the risk low or no?

Next to zero: With no bleeding at all, the penetration was so shallow that it would be almost impossible to transmit tetanus into your bloodstream. However, if you have not had a tetanus shot in more than 10 years you should get one which will protect you from the next deeper cut. ...Read more

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What is the chance of getting tetanus from going barefoot at the beach?

What is the chance of getting tetanus from going barefoot at the beach?

Only if there isCut&: The Tetanus germ can only enter your body if there is a cut in the skin. And that too if you have not been actively immunized against Tetanus and your last booster was more than 10 years ago.
So every one who is worried about Tetanus should get their DT or Tdap booster every 10 years as an adult if you had your active immunization as a child ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting tetanus after a cut on my foot?

What are my chances of getting tetanus after a cut on my foot?

Small: Though the chances may be small the cut needs to be examined and your tetanus brought up to date.
The consequences if ignored are great. ...Read more

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Have been cut today by a contaminated instrument, I took oral amoxycillin and desinfected the wound with KMnO4. What is the chance of getting Tetanus?

Contaminated tool: If you are up to date with your tetanus shots, you should be protected. Up-to-date means you got a shot less than 10 years ago. If you do not have a record or cannot remember, get a booster shot. If the contamination is with blood, there are other concerns and a consult should be arranged. Swelling, pain, redness, fever are all signs of infection, should be reason to immediately seek medical care. ...Read more

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Hi. I just got hurt by rusty handle end. I didn't bleed. What are the chances of me getting tetanus??

Hi. I just got hurt by rusty handle end. I didn't bleed. What are the chances of me getting tetanus??

Low: If it didn't puncture the skin, the chances of tetanus are low especially if you have had a tetanus shot within the last 10 years. ...Read more

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If a healthy adult male received minor shrapnel wounds from an explosion in a cold environment, what are the chances of him getting tetanus?

If a healthy adult male received minor shrapnel wounds from an explosion in a cold environment, what are the chances of him getting tetanus?

Immunized?: Hopefully the only context in which one would receive shrapnel wounds is during military service. All US military members are immunized against tetanus, so you should not be too concerned about tetanus. Whether military or not, check immunization history. Other skin infections would be more likely with puncture wounds, so maintain medical care and monitoring until resolved. ...Read more

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Can you get tetanus more than once?

Can you get tetanus more than once?

Yes: Survivors do not retain permanent immunity to tetanus. Vaccination with tetanus toxoid is recomended to survivors. ...Read more

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Can you get tetanus from using chainsaws?

From skin injury: Tetanus is an infection that occurs through a break in the skin. It is caused by a bacteria that lives everywhere, especially in soil or on dirty and dusty surfaces. You can get it from any cut or scrape of the skin, if your tetanus vaccine status is not up to date. Get a tetanus shot every 5-10 years. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to get tetanus orally?

LESS POSSIBLE:: Tetanus: acquired through contaminated skin wound, traumatic injury, penetrating wound inflicted by a dirty object: nail, splinter, fragment of glass, unsterile injection, animal bites, abscesses (including dental), piercings, burns, intestinal surgery, gangrene, etc. But, a rare case may have no h/o trauma.

If someone ingest tetanus bacteria, they usually don't get tetanus. ...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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Will I get tetanus from this rusted metal scratch?

Will I get tetanus from this rusted metal scratch?

Maybe, maybe not: Any wound that opens the skin can allow tetanus spores to enter and create an infection. Those germs produce the toxins that cause tetanus. A rusty nail is a classic exposure. If you had a booster within 10 years & cleaned up the wound after receiving it, you are likely immune. If you can't remember receiving a booster within the past 10 years it is a good idea to get one. ...Read more

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Could someone get tetanus from a cat's clawscratch?

Could someone get tetanus from a cat's clawscratch?

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 more

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How often are you supposed to get shots for tetanus?

Varies by age: Current cdc (center for disease control & prevention) recommendation for tetanus vaccination is as follow: initial series at 2, 4, and 6 months of age; booster vaccinations at age 4-5 years, 11 years, and every 10 years thereafter. ...Read more

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Could use expert help with why people get tetanus shots?

Could use expert help with why people get tetanus shots?

To avoid disease: This germ is found worldwide as a containment of the soil or surfaces. Any cut can allow the germs to enter and multiply in any wound ; elaborate their toxins that produce tetanus, severe muscle spasms that last a week or more in those who survive. ...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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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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Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

Possibly: The processes which produce gangrene imply the loss of nutrient blood supply to tissue thru infection triggered blood clots, frostbite, etc. As the skin begins to break down the open areas could be contaminated by tetanus spores & tetanus germs could contaminate that wound & produce tetanus. However, gangreen can exist without tetanus germs & have a variety of other germs that are just as deadly. ...Read more

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Can you get tetanus from eating dirt?

Getting Tetanus: You get tetanus from exposure to the bacterium, clostridium tetani. It is uncommon to acquire tetanus from eating contaminated dirt, but it is possible. Most of the time an open wound, such as a cut, is exposed to the bacterium. Anytime a cut occurs, especially if there is a puncture wound, a tetanus shot should be given, especially if it has been a few years since the last vaccination. ...Read more

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Who should get vaccinated for tetanus?

Everyone: Everyone should receive tetanus shots on a lifelong and ongoing basis, every 5-10 years dependant upon risk (such as recent serious cut or burn). ...Read more

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When to get a tetanus shot in general?

7-10 years: As an adult every 7-10 years. If you have not yet had a pertussis booster, get it now. ...Read more

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Need to know how to get a tetanus shot?

Need to know how to get a tetanus shot?

Call your doctor: You can get this shot at your doctor's, an immunizing pharmacist, or the local public health department. ...Read more

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How often should you get a tetanus shot?

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

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Is a week too late to get a tetanus shot?

You really want to: Get the shot as quickly after injury as possible. But, still go in to get it. Take care. ...Read more

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Why would I need to get a tetanus booster?

Why would I need to get a tetanus booster?

Increase antibodies: Over time antibodies wane from previous tetanus immunization, so a booster is needed to increase the level of protection against the disease tetanus. ...Read more