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Puncture Wound Tetanus
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
Pinprick puncture wound to foot outside with rusty safety pin. Immediately followed by ER trip and tetanus booster. Risk?
Get medically : Evaluated. Cat claw? Wild animal claw? Aggressive dog claw? This needs wound care at the emergency room. When was your last tetanus shot? For a deep or dirty puncture wound - tetanus shot may be considered if it has been > 5 years since you last one. If it has been > 10 years or you don't know - then you definitely need another tetanus shot. ...Read more
Agressive management: Avoiding tetanus in an old >1-2 day & dirty wound requires agressive management.The wound is cleaned & dead tissue removed. Tetanus Immune Globulin is administered to block (immediately) the effect of any toxin emerging from the wound while the toxoid is given to boost the individuals response(which takes a while).Oral or IV meds are given to kill off the tetanus germs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a bite!: Ringworm is a (poor) lay term for skin infection by fungal organisms. Tinea capitis is "cradle cap." tinea pedis=athlete's foot. Tinea crura=jock itch. Tinea corporis=ringworm. Etc. This skin infection is common, and is treated by topical antifungal medications or oral antifungal drugs. Skin abrasions or punctures can be secondarily infected by these fungi, so they can spread by contact. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cleaning wounds: Flushing a newly formed wound with copious amounts of clean water is the most sensible answer. If you had some medical 'grade' Normal Saline that was sterile to flush the wound that would be theoretically a better situation. Do not use toxic substances such as hydrogen peroxide -- these kill good healthy cells in the wound base. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out of date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.
Give me a boost.: The general rule is to have a booster if it has been more than 10 years since last shot. If the wound is deep and contaminated and it has been more than 5 years since your last shot, you will need a booster. Your wound care sounds adequate, but there is no way of telling if it is adequate enough. To remove all doubt, get a booster. ...Read more
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.
I have a small scratched wound caused by a rusted needle. The wound is healing. Do I need to take tetanus shot?
YES: Because it is a rustic nail.According to CDC if there a chance of contaminated wound with Tetanus as rustic nail is.You should get a booster if your last booster was more than 5 years ago. In your case at age 22 you should get Tdap to protect you against Diptheria and more important Whooping Cough(Pertussis) If your last booster was more than 5 years ago ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Small dirty cuts are openings in the skin that can allow the tetanus spores to grow in your tissue.It doesn't take many to start the process ; lead to tetanus. If you've had a booster within 5 yrs, just clean the cut ; watch for problems. If no booster, or you never completed the primary series, you should get one.Today they have the tdap which actually boosts you for tetanus, diphtheria ; pertussis. ...Read more
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