Doctor insights on:
Nail Scratch No Blood Tetnus
19 Years old, and had tetanus shot 8 years ago. Just got inch long scratch from rusty nail that barely penetrated skin still had blood. What to do?
Booster: This is a good time for a "booster" injection of tetanus toxoid. Repeat about every 10 years. ...Read more
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
How important is tetnus shot I stepped on a nail it punctued. No blood but foot hurts also I have a chemical burn frm house hld cleaner best OTC cream?
I had a Dtap shot after I had a baby 5yrs ago. And boosters before that. Yesterday I cut myself on a rusty nail, drew a little blood. Chances of Tetanus?
Stepped on side of nail and I don't think it it went through. Looks like a flat blood blister. Had tetanus shot about 3yr ago. Should I be worried?
Todaymy dog scratch me by his nail on my leg but scratching was so powerfull no blood is comeout even skin is not also get puncheshould Itakevaccine?
Scratched my hand on a somewhat rusty nail on the paint side I think no blood just a scratch hurts a lot no shot washed hands? I'm sure I'll be ok?
Can I get HIV or hep if someone in contact with infected blood scratched me. Can nail harbour the virus?
No...: From your description, your risk of contracting HIV for Hepatitis are exceedingly low/non-existent. "Someone who had contact with infected blood scratched you"? I can't come up with any way (short of some bloody horror movie scene) where that would be of concern. Clean your scratch and relax. ...Read more
Oily back n acne since puberty but now when I scratch my back, my nails would easily build up something brown, what is that? I know Its not blood n pus
Please don't scratch:
First, try as much as possible not to scratch, as it can lead to more skin irritation and scarring. Keep your nails short and use your acne care products as well as moisturizing your skin to prevent it from drying and itching.
The brown material you are scratching off is likely sebum mixed with skin cells or scabs from healing acne lesions. ...Read more
Risk of hiv-hcv-hbv transmission by stripper scratching my back with nails (little blood came out)? Concern for her scratching other men-"dirty" nails
HIV HCV HBV: The risk is low but it is not zero. This would be considered risky behavior and is not recommended. ...Read more
Dog touch my leg his nails and my pants scratch but no blood and scratch came out leg and last month complete course of rabies vaccine? Need help?
No issue: If you are up to date with rabies vaccine and the dog did not bite you then there is nothing to worry about. I believe you are saying that a dog scratched your leg and in the process tore your pants but did not puncture your skin. If that is the case there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Why does my scalp itch? I have this once spot behind my ear on my scalp, th! T really itches. I don't scratch it that hard though but I did see a bit of blood on my nail. I wash my hair 3x a week because im trying to grow out my hair because it was damaged
Few possibilities: This can be caused by several issues. Chemical and hair products can cause irritation of the scalp. You can also just have dry scalp, atopic dermatitis (eczema), allergic reaction, and sensitive skin. There are several shamppos that can help with this. The key is to remove the offending agent (s) if they can be identified. ...Read more
Tetanus: Tetanus shots are recommended every 10yrs. However, I usually recommend getting one, with an injury, if it's been more than 5yrs. With the new recommendations to get a Tdap, (tetanus, diphtheria AND pertussis) it might be the perfect opportunity to protect you and unimmunized infants, from whooping cough. This replaces the old Td. ...Read more
I was lightly bitten and scratched by a stray cat. The scratch drew a little blood. Bite didn't break skin. I had tetanus shot this year. Worry?
If I scratch myself with a something rusty and there is no blood and I don't have tetanus shot would I get tetanus? Or no rust where I scratched
Can you tell me what to do if I scratched myself with a rusty nail, and I washed it etc I had a tetanus shot just over a year ago. Will I be fine?
Tetanus: It would be fine. Soap and water for any skin lesion is the best. ...Read more
My back feel I little tence when I bend forward. Could this be tetanus. I had a shot 4-5 years ago and I got scratched by a nail 3 days ago?
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
What are the chances of getting tetanus through a scratch with no blood and being cleaned? Is the risk low or no?
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?
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
Yesterday someone scratched me with his nails, do I need a tetanus toxoid, I got one injection of it last year?
Your protected: The shot last year will cover you for 9 more years. If you do a lot of gardening or landscape work some suggest a booster every 5 years, but that's an exception ...Read more
Tetanus worry I scratched myself no blood and broke the skin with bruise I have not had a shot and it's been 5 days should I worry yes or no
Depends: When was your last booster? They are good for 5-10 years and the concern is based on the "dirtiness of the wound." It would take a long time for it show so the 5 days is not the issue. ...Read more
Yes: If you haven't had in less than 5 years, definitely should. Tetanus is horrific and preventable. ...Read more
My pet rabbit scratched my arm with its nails while washing it. Didn't bleed much. Cleaned it wth Svalon put soframicin. What should I do now?? Tetanus??
Rabbit: Rabbits generally do not carry tetanus, however it would not be a bad idea if your last tetanus vaccine was in the last 10 years to get another one. ...Read more
I have a computer desk we built that has a nail sticking out of it and the top of it not bottom point scratched my arm should I get a tetnus shot?
Yes: It never hurts to get it as long as it is shortly after the incident. ...Read more
I noticed if the top of my hand has an itch and I scratch it then I get a red blood patch in that spot, should I be worried?
No. You may be: Describing "dermatographia." It's a brief reaction of the skin to a scratch which makes the tiny blood vessels under the skin more noticeable. I might suggest that you use some kind of moisturizer and mild soap to help with the itching. Dr. Anne ...Read more
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
Just stepped on rusty nail just got a scratch but it bled I washed it with soap and got the vaccine 3-4 years ago should I get it looked at Tetanus?
Tetanus safe: If your last tetanus shot was less than 7 years ago, it is not necessary to get another booster now. Your management with washing, etc., was appropriate but it is still possible to get an infection from bacteria on the skin whenever there is a cut or puncture. Get an evaluation if the site looks red or becomes more painful. ...Read more