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Do I need a tetanus shot because of a kitchen grease burn I have.?

Do I need a tetanus shot because of a kitchen grease burn I have.?

Tetanus: You need a tetanus shot every ten years. If you are treated for an injury/trauma (such as a burn), your physician may choose to give a tetanus booster if you can't remember how long it has been since your last booster. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking ...Read more


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Do I need a tetanus shot after I got a kitchen grease burn on my arm?

Most likely no: I am going to assume that you have had your basic series of three tetanus injections, and have had a booster in the last ten years. Otherwise, go get one. ...Read more

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I was bitten by my cat about 17 days ago. Didnt get a tetanus shot until about 1&1/2 wks. Later the site looks fine. But im having burning. And discomfort in my spine. Do you think it could be the tetanus bacteria.?

I was bitten by my cat about 17 days ago. Didnt get a tetanus shot until about 1&1/2 wks. Later the site looks fine. But im having burning. And discomfort in my spine. Do you think it could be the tetanus bacteria.?

Unlikely, but...: If you had any prior tetanus vaccines, the odds of contracting tetanus is slim. But, if you are having spasms & stiffness in your jaw muscles, neck muscles, or abdominal muscles; or, if you're having difficulty swallowing--this would be worrisome. Painful body spasms, lasting for several minutes, triggered by minor occurrences, such as a draft, loud noise, physical touch or light, then beware. ...Read more

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I got a tetanus shot on Friday and it now has a large red circle that is raised. It is burning/itchy/red. Also have latex allergy - bandaid maybe?

I got a tetanus shot on Friday and it now has a large red circle that is raised. It is burning/itchy/red. Also have latex allergy - bandaid maybe?

Side effects: Immunizations can have local reactions or side effects that most often are not serious. With the tetanus shot one can often times have the symptoms you described for several days after the shot. Warm compresses can help. If symptoms worsen (red streaks going away from the shot site, fever, or production of pus) you should be seen to be sure you didn't get a secondary skin infection (uncommon). ...Read more

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Tetanus shot 3/9 due to 2nd degree burn. Today i feel three hard bumps all together & a little tender. Should it feel like bumps on injection site?

Tetanus shot 3/9 due to 2nd degree burn. Today i feel three hard bumps all together & a little tender. Should it feel like bumps on injection site?

It happens: It is not unusual for there to be a slight local reaction like you describe, with a little bit of swelling in the tissues under the skin (that's called induration in doctor talk). Tenderness also common for a couple of days. Can try cool compress on area, gentle massage, but take it as a sign that your body is mounting an appropriate response to the vaccine. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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I cut my finger with a kitchen knife do I need a tetanus shot?

I cut my finger with a kitchen knife do I need a tetanus shot?

If it has been 10 or: More years since your last tetanus shot or you don't know when your last tetanus shot - then yes, you need a tetanus shot. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had a cut from a kitchen knife will i need a tetanus shot?

What do you suggest if i had a cut from a kitchen knife will i need 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 us but 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.If you've had a booster within 10 yrs you don't need one. ...Read more

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Last 48 hours i've had increasedmuscle spasms all over my body/immense pain in my neck. Cut myself with a kitchen knife puncture wound last week but haven't had tetanus shot in 12 years should I worry?

Yes: While the anecdotal time frame is to get a tetanus immunization every 10 years there is no accurate telling that your immunization is still effective. Your symptoms and the length of time since your injury could be the early symptoms of tetanus. I would advise you to see an infectious disease specialist or a neurologist asap. ...Read more

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How often can I need a tetanus shot?

How often can I need a tetanus shot?

Every 10 yrs: The effect of a tetanus booster is good for most people for ten years. Those with immune problems or after bone marrow transplant the need differs and should be answered by their doc. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

How do I know if I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: If you are not aware of your tetanus vaccination, a blood test can determine your immunity not only against tetanus but also to other diseases prevented by vaccines. ...Read more

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I stepped on a metal nail & bled--do i need a tetanus shot?

Depends: Depends on your history of tetanus immunizations. I would contact your primary care doctor immediately. Puncture wounds from nails can be prone to tetanus. ...Read more

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How would I know if I need a tetanus shot if I have a laceration?

How would I  know if I need a tetanus shot if I have a laceration?

Depends: For those who completed the primary tetanus series & have had a booster within 10 years, cleaning of a simple fresh wound & proper closure would be ok. If a dirty wound, soil or rocks etc . > 5y from last booster would leave you at some risk. If the primary series was never complete or you are past the protected zone, a booster and infiltration of the wound with antitoxin might be needed. ...Read more

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