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Doctor insights on: I Stepped On A Nail How Concerned Should I Be About Tentanus

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Dr. Mary Staat
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Tetanus (Definition)

Tetanus is infection of the nervous system with the potentially deadly bacteria clostridium tetani ...Read more


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I stepped on a nail yesterday but it never went through my skin or brought any blood. I had a tetanus five years ago should I get another?

I stepped on a nail yesterday but it never went through my skin or brought any blood. I had a tetanus five years ago should I get another?

Yes and No: Yes, get a Tdap shot if a person is an adult and hasn't gotten a Tdap shot in the last 10 years, regardless of yesterday's nail incident. No, if the tetanus shot 5 years ago was of the Tdap type, because a tetanus booster is not needed if the nail "never went through my skin". Also, a new recommendation this year is for pregnant women to get a Tdap shot with EACH pregnancy. ...Read more

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My husband stepped on a nail during a demolition yesterday. He had a tetanus shot 3 weeks ago for a separate incident. Does he need another shot?

Tetanus: No, he is coverd but he needs to clean it out well and use some antiseptic cream as the tetanus shot does not prevent you from getting a cellulitis ...Read more

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I stepped on a nail, and my last tetanus shot was 18 yrs. Ago. Can I wait until tomorrow to go get another?

Yes: Clean out the wound the best you can and watch it well as infection can also be a problem.We like to get the tetanus booster on board soon but under 3 days you should be well covered. ...Read more

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I stepped on a nail and have a puncture wound.. Tetanus is good and i cleaned it. Any way to speed healing? I am training for a physical event...

I stepped on a nail and have a puncture wound..  Tetanus is good and i cleaned it. Any way to speed healing?  I am training for a physical event...

Punctured wound: Development of an infection is greatest concern and will depend on how deep the nail got. If shallow, rate of infection should be almost minimal. If deep, surface cleaning make not be enough to prevent bacterial infection. Close observation of the wound for redness, pain and tenderness is prudent and if present later, have your physician prescribe antibiotics. If there is pus, have md do a culture. ...Read more

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A friend wants to know if she stepped on a nail and didnt get cut and it didnt go in her foot if she still needs a tetanus shot?

A friend wants to know if she stepped on a nail and didnt get cut and it didnt go in her foot if she still needs a tetanus shot?

No: The skin must be punctured completely to force the clostridium tetani bacteria through to underlying tissues order to cause tetanus. A scrape won't introduce it, as well. If you do get a skin puncture, try to make the wound bleed to help get rid of any foreign matter that might have been introduced. If it is red and painful the next day, seek immediate treatment. ...Read more

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If i stepped on a nail today but it didnt puncture my foot do i still have to get a tetanus shot. It did not bleed?

If i stepped on a nail today but it didnt puncture my foot do i still have to get a tetanus shot. It did not bleed?

If greater than 10yr: If it's been greater than 10yrs since last tetanus shot, use this opportunity as a gentle reminder to update your vaccination status. ...Read more

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Can I only get tetanus if I step on a rusty nail?

Can I only get tetanus if I step on a rusty nail?

Any wound a problem: Tetanus spores from the dirt can get into any break in your skin and potentially germinate. Over time the growing germs may elaborate the tetanus toxin and give you tetanus. The rusty nail scene is the one most talked about, but any dirty wound in a susceptable person can be a source. ...Read more

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