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How easy is it to catch tetanus. Sometimes at work I've poked myself quid staples of like today scratched myself on a metal basket I'm worried ?

How easy is it to catch tetanus. Sometimes at work I've poked myself quid staples of like today scratched myself on a metal basket I'm worried 
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Not easy: Tetanus is relatively hard to get, but if you do get the infection, it is very serious and usually deadly. The tetanus vaccine is very safe and effective and will protect you without any risk. If you haven't had one in the past 5 years, you should go in for one asap. ...Read more

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I scratched myself at work today with the end of the tape cutter not deep at all I'm worried about the whole tetanus thing?

I scratched myself at work today with the end of the tape cutter not deep at all I'm worried about the whole tetanus thing?

Low risk: A superficial scratch has a low risk for causing tetanus, since the bacteria that causes it is anaerobic, meaning that it does not like oxygen, so deep wounds are more dangerous. On the other hand, everybody should get tetanus booster vaccines every 10 years, to prevent that disease. Also, nothing like soap and water to clean superficial wounds and decrease the risk for any infection. ...Read more

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Hi sir, actualy day before yesterday I got scratch by a small little cat. Yesterday i take tetanus ....But stil I am worried can you please?

Family practice : Look for redness or streaking from scratch site. If you had a cat bite antibiotics is recommended. Cat scratch fever is a less common occurance. You develope fever and swelling on side of bite. Neck pain and swollen glands. Should see a dr if these appear. ...Read more

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Can i get tetanus from deep puncture of indoor cat scratch. Got tetanus shot right after the scratch but still worried. Wound did bleed a lot.

Can i get tetanus from deep puncture of indoor cat scratch. Got tetanus shot right after the scratch but still worried. Wound did bleed a lot.

Shift focus: If you had your booster, i would discount the issue of tetanus completely and focus on the possibility of a simple wound infection. Monitor the site for change in color, redness, oozing or swelling and keep it clean. If the site remains stable, this should heal well. ...Read more

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Big red scratch after contact with rusty nail should I be fine no tetanus shot has been a day? No bloody hand or nothing but a little worried

Big red scratch after contact with rusty nail should I be fine no tetanus shot has been a day? No bloody hand or nothing but a little worried

Preventing tetanus: Well tetanus can arise from almost any wound, although most commonly those are the deep, penetrating wounds from stepping on a nail, not just a superficial scratch. That said however, you want to be updated on tetanus vaccine. Tetanus can actually be fatal in about 10 to 15% of cases. For a superficial scratch, hopefully you washed it out good so any tetanus spores were removed. Check vaccine out! ...Read more

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Should I be worried about tetanus?

Tetanus: You shouldn't worry, especially if you've had your tetanus boosters every 5-10 years. If you haven't received it, get it for the tetanus coverage, but more importantly for pertussis (whooping cough) coverage. ...Read more

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I sliced my thumb deep while opening a can. Went to UrgentCare and they closed it with glue. Should I be worried about tetanus last tdap was 22m ago?

I sliced my thumb deep while opening a can. Went to UrgentCare and they closed it with glue. Should I be worried about tetanus last tdap was 22m ago?

Tdap: For a clean and minor wound, if you received 3 doses of Tdap in the past and the last dose was <10 years ago then you do not need another dose of Tdap. ...Read more

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How long would it take tetanus to show since an injury even if there is no blood and a scratch it's been 6 days?

How long would it take tetanus to show since an injury even if there is no blood and a scratch it's been 6 days?

Tetanus incubation: Tetanus can develop anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks after an exposure. We think of the 'rusty nail' as the paradigm of exposure, but it can come from any break in the skin with contamination by the tetanus spores - which are found EVERYWHERE, not just barn yards and dirt piles. The best thing to do is get vaccinated against tetanus. You can see an ID doctor if it becomes more complicated than that ...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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I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago. No tetanus shot fir over 30 years. Should I get tetanus shot now?

I was badly scratched by a cat well over 24 hours ago.  No tetanus shot fir over 30 years.  Should I get tetanus shot now?

Yes,: Although the cat scratch is irrelevant to the answer to your question. If you have not had a tetanus shot for over 30 years you are well overdue. Please get your flu vaccine at the same time. ...Read more

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If I gave myself a little scratch on a rusted rack at work, do I need a tetanus shot? It's not deep at all just a surface scratch

Scratch: rusty nail: Everyone should keep their tetanus vaccination up to date, because you just never know when you might get scratched by something. If you work around rusty things, it is especially important for you. Yes, call your doctor today to see if your tetanus booster is up to date, and if it isn't, you'll need to get one. Wash out the cut thoroughly with soap and water. ...Read more

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I scratched myself today at work it doesn't seem deep at all There was a little bit of blood I'm scared about the whole tetanus thing?

No fear: first definitely the scenario you are describing does not lead to tetanus. but that will lead me to ask you in general .are you up to date in your immunization? I high school you are supposed to be protected. I di not know if you end up in college, and if you are they usually check the immunization records, at least some state college do. your situation does not warrant any concern. ...Read more

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I am worried i have tetanus from cutting myself a little bit twice outside. like two paper cuts.car on fritz.hubby home at 8-9pm.nervous any advice?

I am worried i have tetanus from cutting myself a little bit twice outside. like two paper cuts.car on fritz.hubby home at 8-9pm.nervous any advice?

Symptoms?: I understand your risk to get tetanus but it doesn't sound like you are having any symptoms of tetanus. I would call your doctor and talk to him/her if poss. If you develop symptoms have someone drive you or call EMS. Otherwise sounds like you're anxious. When was your last tetanus booster? 11-12 yo? Within previous 10 years? If so, I would not be concerned. Clean paper cuts not very risky. ...Read more