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Rusty Nail Tetanus Shot
I stepped on a rusty nail last tetanus shot was 3-4 years ago should I worry. Should I be worried?
Got stuck in the fore arm with a rusty nail , last tetanus shot 5-6 yrs ago, arm hurts /swollan/redish around cut.can I wait till morning to see how i?
See below.: Tetanus shot is probably good although would certainly not hurt to get another. Major concern is acute infection with much more common organisms such as staph and strep. Anytime there is rapidly expanding or advancing redness, pain, swelling and / or fever you need to see a doc ASAP to be treated or closely monitored. If this is not the case then waiting a few hours to start treatment is OK. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Does my son need a another tetanus shot if he stepped on a rusty nail he had a tetanus shot last 2 1/2 years ago my son is 6 years old and stepped on a rusty nail.
I may have punctured my shin bone with a rusty nail. I got a tetanus shot but 4 months later i'm getting severe bone pain at the point of the injury.
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
Yes!: Everything you ever wanted to know about all immunizations, including the tetanus vaccine can be found at- http://www.Cdc.Gov/vaccines/ great material there. Will answer all possible questions. By the way..Clean that wound out thoroughly with an antibacterial soap and water. Some folks prefer to use alcohol (it burns!), peroxide, or other "cleansing compounds" ( like povidone-iodine). ...Read more
Possible: Only if enough of a sample of contamination. Anything is possible. However, it is cutomary that with minimaly dirty wounds that are cleaned well immediately every 8 years is enough. It is not the rust. It is contamination with a virus found in areas high in agriclture. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I just scrtached myself with a rusty nail, and i washed it. I had a tetanus shot just over a year ago. Should i be worried?
I have had a tetanus shot a year earlier and just stepped on a rusty nail and it went in kinda deep will i need another one?
No: You are protected for a 10 year period from the point of the booster. You do need to keep the would clean and watch that it heals.The shot does not protect you from infection by other germs. ...Read more
I stepped on a rusty nail 3 days ago and the wound was jush shallow. I did not have any tetanus shot since i was born. Am i tetanus positive?
Have it evaluated: Deep puncture wounds can be potentially dangerous as one may develop tetanus, or a number of other types of deep infections. If the wound was deep enough they may lead to bone infections. You may need periodic debridement of you wound to remove any unhealthy tissue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I have a puncture wound from a rusty nail and can't remember when my last tetanus shot was. It has been very well cleaned. Advice?
Had a rusty nail go in my leg Sunday afternoon. Got tetanus shot tues morn. Last booster in 2007. What are odds of actually getting tetanus?
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer