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I stepped on a rusty nail last tetanus shot was 3-4 years ago should I worry. Should I be worried?

I stepped on a rusty nail last tetanus shot was 3-4 years ago should I worry. Should I be worried?

See below: As far as your tetanus status, you are good. However, watch for signs of a skin infection, redness, swelling, warmth, and mucous discharge. ...Read more

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Tetanus Shot (Definition)

A tetanus shot is a vaccine that is designed to trigger and "teach" your immune system to attack the tetanus infection preventing it from taking ...Read more


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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?

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 more

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If you get scratched by a rusty nail do u need a tetanus shot?

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

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Should I get a tetanus shot after stepping on a rusty nail last night?

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

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If i stepped on a rusty nail and i last got my tetanus shot 6-7 years ago will i get tetanus?

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 more

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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 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?

Not necessarily: Tetanus should not be an issue. A localized bacterial infection might be if the area is not tended to but it sounds like you are doing the right stuff.Any evidence of increasing redness, swelling or oozing at the site should be evaluated. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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 more

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Is a 7 year old tetanus shot effective for stepping on a rusty nail?

Sort of: If it is a true puncture wound with a rusty or dirty nail we generally would like the shot no more then five years. The vaccine loses potency at about 7 to ten years. Talk to your dr. Keep the wound clean. ...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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I stepped on a rusty nail today. It went in my foot a little bit. Just wondering if I should get it checked out. My tetanus shot is up to date.

Rusty nail: While your tetanus immunization watch out for a possible infection which presents with redness, swelling and pain. Make sure you wash the wound with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment to the area ...Read more

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How long can I wait before getting a tetanus shot after stepping on a nail? It wasn't clean, but was not rusty. My foot has been washed out. Deep cut

How long can I wait before getting a tetanus shot after stepping on a nail? It wasn't clean, but was not rusty. My foot has been washed out. Deep cut

Tetanus: In america you would have gotten your last tetanus shot when you turned 15. These shots last for ten years and you would not be due again until age 25. ...Read more

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stepped on a rusty nail yesterday, i cleaned the wound and added antibiotcs. My last tetanus shot was given in january 14 of 2014. should i go to ER?

 stepped on a rusty nail yesterday, i cleaned the wound and added antibiotcs. My last tetanus shot was given in january 14 of 2014. should i go to ER?

No ER : But if the nail went through the sole of the shoe you are at risk of a pseudomonas infection from the glue in the shoe. Your regular doc can order that as it sounds like your first aid was great! ...Read more

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