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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
As soon as possible: Do not put this off if it has been 10 years or more since your last shot or if you don't know when it was. Get it now. ...Read more
Booster time: What did you cut yourself on? How long ago did you have a tetanus shot.The chances of getting tetanus are remote, but if it has been longer than ten years since your last tetanus shot, you can still be protected because tetanus is a slow growing organism. Get a booster if needed. ...Read more
I have had tetanus shots before but do not want to go in for my ten year, can I just get the shot booster in the future if I get a deep cut and comein?
Tetanus Safety: Tetanus vaccination is available as Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis) or Td (tetanus diphtheria). If you have received Td next time that is after 10 years get the Tdap. The safety interval is as short as less than 2 years between shots but try and wait at least 5 years to reduce side effects. ...Read more
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 more
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
6 days ago I cut my finger putting on skies. Wound is small and not deep. It did bleed a little. Didn't get a tetanus shot. Should I worry about tetanus?
Does deep cut require tetanus shot? What's the time limit under which I should get the shot? A long sewing machine needle passed through the finger fully
No shot needed.: If it's a non-rusty sewing needle, it's unlikely you will need tetanus shot. This shot lasts 5-10 years. If you haven't had the shot over 6 years. It;s best to get another one. This will protect you for future deep wound or cut injuries that may put you at risk for tetanus. ...Read more
Fiance got cut on hand from dumpster. Not very deep. Cleaned it immediately. Got last tetanus booster 2008. Does he *need* to get a booster?
Possibly: Depends on his past tetanus booster. A good idea due to probable contamination of the site by nature of cut on metal and dumpster. Would go to your primary md and request examination and their recommendation. Better to be safe than sorry. Keeping the wound very clean with dilute peroxide (50:50 with water) and cover with antibiotic ointment should be done. See your local md. ...Read more
I cut my leg while riding bike. I cleaned It, doesn't seem deep but don't know if I should get tetanus vaccine as I don't remember getting it ever. Tnx?
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
Yesterday I got a cut due to a blade. I got my last tetanus injection in 2011. What to do? It isn't a deep cut. Is tetanus injection imp.?
Your tetanus: Is good. Did you clean the wound with soap and water really well? That is important. If not do it now. Otherwise you will be fine ...Read more
Any skin opening: An untreated foot laceration that clogged thru the swamp, mud & dirt would be the prime illustration of tetanus risk. Yet, a simple shallow opening in the skin, contaminated by tetanus spores (that are all around us but predominantly outside in dirt) could give you tetanus. You put yourself at risk every time you let your system weaken & the booster is simple & readily available. ...Read more
I got a cut using blade or am I infected with tetanus. Do I need to get a tetanus injection or not?
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?
Can I get tetanus from a cut that only pieced the skin and only bled for 30 seconds? The wound was caused by a rock in a forest.
Unlikely but possibl: In the scenario you say the cut pierced the skin and bled for 30 seconds. It is still possible for Tetanus germs to enter your body. You are only 15.Check with your Pediatrician when and if you received your last Tdap. It is given at age of 11 as recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics.I f not given at that age you need to get Tdap from your Pediatrician now. Tdap protects you against 3 diseases ...Read more
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 ›
I got dirt in my cut is it possible I can get tetanus the last shot I got I was in 6th grade I believe, I'm 20 turning 21, how deadly is it?
Tetanus is possible if the soil or dirt contains tetanus toxin. Not common but possible and very deadly. You should definitely have a Tetanus update given the dates. A booster at this time, even without exposure would be ideal based on current recommendations, if no contraindication
Tdap - Tetanus with Pertussis (for adults) would be best. This would protect you from Tetanus and whooping cough. ...Read more
I was vaccinated against tetanus as a child, than restarted my series Mar. 2015. 2nd shot Apr. Not yet 3rd. Am I protected if I get cut? Is 2/3 safe?
Scratch myself at work today very small cut a centimeter long not deep the basket had some rust on it I'm freaking out about the whole tetanus thing?
No: Harm in making sure you are updated in your vaccination. If not may need to see your doctor wash scratch with soap and water ...Read more
Maybe.: With a low-risk injury (clean and shallow) you need a booster if you haven't had one in 10 years; with a high risk (deep and dirty) it's 5 years. ...Read more
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
Hello, I cut myself on May 15 and received stitches. Wound is healed, am I still at risk for tetanus and should get shot? Help please.
OunceofPrevention..: You are not at risk for tetanus from the injury in May, but if it's been more than 10 yrs since your last booster then it is recommended that you get the booster to protect you from future exposures. ...Read more
I got a tetanus booster almost 6 years ago. Yesterday, I got a very small cut (not deep) from a wet rusty paper clip. Do I need a tetanus booster?
My son cut himself with a knife it was pretty deep Er Dr applied Dermabond to it and said no tetanus since last once was 5 to 6 yrs ago, is this ok?
Yes: A cut from a kitchen knife is not considered a "dirty" wound that would require tetanus booster. Within 10 years is good for a clean wound. Dirty wound like stepping on rusty nail would require booster if more than 5 years since last tetanus. ...Read more
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