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Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

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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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

Gangrene is the natural end outcome for irreversible tissue ischemia, characterized by tissue infarction, liquefactive or dry necrosis, and infection with multiple bacterial organisms. Usually a result of loss of arterial oxygenated blood ...Read more


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Out of curiosity: how soon after a small burn that is not treated (i.E. Covered with sterile gauze) can gangrene or tetanus occur?

Out of curiosity: how soon after a small burn that is not treated (i.E. Covered with sterile gauze) can gangrene or tetanus occur?

Burn infections: Tetanus does not occur with burns, it occurs with deep cuts or puncture wounds. Gangrene is an infection caused by one of several bacterial. It starts as a small infection that goes deep into the tissues. It then spreads there and produces a gas. Infections can occur with burns which are not treated, but not always and rarely with the bacteria that causes gangrene. ...Read more

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Fournier`s gangrene: she is getting out of the hospital soon. what do we need to know when we get her home?

Fournier`s gangrene: she is getting out of the hospital soon. what do we need to know when we get her home?

Control diabetes: Fournier's is an aggressive infection of the groin area. Usually requires surgical removal of tissue. Most patients require long term wound care. Happens most commonly in diabetics, so sugar control is essential. Often a surgeon, urologist and plastic surgeon are involved. Follow their recommendations. Keeping the wound clean is essential. ...Read more

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Frenulum ripped, can it get gangrene, what to do?

Frenulum ripped, can it get gangrene, what to do?

Very unlikely: if you don't have any underlying condition that suppress you immune system. You can get other infections, however, so try to keep it clean and use antiseptic mouthwash for few days until it heals. ...Read more

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When does someone get an amputation done? Only if gangrene?

When does someone get an amputation done? Only if gangrene?

Many Reasons: Gangrene is just one of the many reasons amputations might be warranted. Other inidications are peripheral vascular disease that is resulting in poor limb perfusion (and ultimately gangrene). Infection to the bones or rapid progression of skin infection resulting in loss of the soft tissues. Trauma. Even a few nerve disorders can result in need for limb amputation. ...Read more

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Can I get gangrene from being around it or touching an infected item?

Can I get gangrene from being around it or touching an infected item?

No: No. In order to get gangrene you have to have very poor circulation. Touching an infected wound will just spread bacteria. ...Read more

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Why do people get gangrene?

Why do people get gangrene?

Several reasons: Gangrene is tissue death. Generally the cause is due to poor or disrupted blood supply due to cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries) or infection. Blood clots are also a cause. Gangrene can also be caused by external sources such as severe burns, both chemical and thermal (heat and cold (frostbite)). Certain conditions like diabetes, kidney failure, high cholesterol will increase risk. ...Read more

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