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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?

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

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Hi I stepped on a rusty nail, which punctured about 1/2 and inch  , I have left it for 24hrs after washing it  , however it is still very painfull?

Hi I stepped on a rusty nail, which punctured about 1/2 and inch  , I have left it for 24hrs after washing it  , however it is still very painfull?

Puncture wound: Puncture side may possibly got infected. Go to an urgent care or ER. You need tetanus injection if you are not up to date. May be an x-ray, antibiotic prescription and pain medication. You can not manage it by yourself. You can have serious complications. ...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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My son stepped on a rusty nail and he has had his dtap series done, will he be ok?

My son stepped on a rusty nail and he has had his dtap series done, will he be ok?

See a doctor: Puncture wounds can be tricky and since you know it was a rusty nail, it needs to be cleaned out well and possiblhy started on antibiotics. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail 4 days ago and have not had a booster shot in 20 years. What should I do?

I stepped on a rusty nail 4 days ago and have not had a booster shot in 20 years. What should I do?

Go to urgent care: If you have not had it for 20 years, then you gotta have it. If you can get to your primary care physician tomorrow, do so. If not, go to an urgent care center (minor emergency). ...Read more

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So I just stepped on a rusty nail, accidentally. Is it life threatening? Should I worry? What should I do?

So I just stepped on a rusty nail, accidentally. Is it life threatening? Should I worry? What should I do?

See a DR or go to ER: If you had tetanus shot within 10 years, you will get a booster. If not you might be offered tetanus antitoxin. You will be ok. ...Read more

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If I stepped on a rusty nail but it didn't penetrate and cause any bleeding should I be okay? No visible puncture or pain.

If I stepped on a rusty nail but it didn't penetrate and cause any bleeding should I be okay? No visible puncture or pain.

Monitor for now: If you did not actually suffer a puncture wound, then no need to be treated. However, if you did break skin and your immunization status is unknown, you may want to get it looked at for any signs of infection and/or to update your tetanus. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail. What should I do to avoid infection?

I stepped on a rusty nail. What should I do to avoid infection?

Clean/ tetanus: Cleanse the area well with warm water and soap. Rinse. Rusty puncture wounds increase risk for tetanus. Obtain medical care and get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the last ten years. ...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?

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 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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I stepped on a rusty nail and have not been immunized for tetanus in more than 10 years. I got a shot 44 hours after wound - how worried should I be?

I stepped on a rusty nail and have not been immunized for tetanus in more than 10 years. I got a shot 44 hours after wound - how worried should I be?

Do not wory: Worrying will get you nowhere. Monitor your condition and report back to your doctor if you notice anything out of ordinary. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Tetanus good 5 years: He does not need another tetanus. The vaccine is good for 5 years and often is boosted between 6 and 10 years with large dirty wounds. ...Read more

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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?

Not about tetanus: Your tetanus coverage should be fine. There are many other germs I would worry more about and an infection into the complex structures of the foot can be scary. Make sure the wound is thoroughly cleaned and examine it frequently over the next few days. Go in if there is increasing redness/swelling or pain. ...Read more

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Stepped on a rusty nail but I don't think it punctured my skin. Should I be ok or be heading to the dr. For a tetanus shot? Its been about 15 yrs

Stepped on a rusty nail but I don't think it punctured my skin. Should I be ok or be heading to the dr. For a tetanus shot? Its been about 15 yrs

2 things: If there is no wound, not likely to have any infection. Otherwise you are indeed overdue for your tetanus booster that is supposed to be given every 10 years and that should protect you going forward for similar incidents. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail about 5hrs ago, will not be able to go to the doctor til later. I'm scared and I don't know what to do. Help me? It hurts!

I stepped on a rusty nail about 5hrs ago, will not be able to go to the doctor til later. I'm scared and I don't know what to do. Help me? It hurts!

Rusty nail: How much later? You have up to 3 days to get a tetanus vaccination if it was more than 5 years since your last one. For now take a non-prescription pain medication. Puncture wounds like this, especially on the sole of the foot, are typically not sutured, so a short delay (12 hours) is not too bad. The doctor you see may prescribe a few days of an antibiotic to lessen the chance of infection. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail today it just broke the skin and did not blead much at all. Should I go see a doctor?

I stepped on a rusty nail today it just broke the skin and did not blead much at all. Should I go see a doctor?

Wash it carefully: Then if your TETANUS (Actualy DT or ADULT DPT) is not up to date you should get a booster!
Your local Walk In unit (eg: many Pharmacies) can provide this!
You do not have to see an M.D,
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...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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I stepped on a rusty nail yesterday effective Saturday May 27, 2016, at 7:30 pm. The nail barely punctured my foot skin however I did draw blood.?

When was your last: tetanus shot? If its been more than 10 years, you need to get one. Keep it clean and apply polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment to it twice a day ...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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About 48 hours ago I stepped on a rusty nail went went to inches in my foot hip replacement on the same side so I had a tetanus shot 12 years ago do I?

About 48 hours ago I stepped on a rusty nail went went to inches in my foot hip replacement on the same side so I had a tetanus shot 12 years ago do I?

Tetanus shot is: Only good for 10 years at the most. Some say 5 years for really dirty cuts. Please get tetanus shot as soon as possible. I would have wound evaluated at the same time. ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusty nail today that punctured my foot the puncture site is throbbing. Do I need to go to doctor? My last tetnus shot was in 2008?

I stepped on a rusty nail today that punctured my foot the puncture site is throbbing. Do I need to go to doctor? My last tetnus shot was in 2008?

Close Observation: That nail went through many layers of tissue and each layer heals at a different rate. Skin heals quickly, the deep tough connective tissues takes a lot longer. Minimize strenuous activity for at least a week and progress slowly. There is no way to prevent infection so forget antibiotics. Observe and get help for fevers, increasing redness/drainage/pain. Your tetanus is ok for 5 more years. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for stepping on a rusty nail?

What are the treatments for stepping on a rusty nail?

Rusty nail: Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Rinse wound w clean water. Clean surrounding skin w soap & water on wash cloth. Remove debris w tweezers. If material remains in wound – seek medical care. Need tetanus shot if you haven't had one in last 10 years, don't know
when you last had one or if the wound is dirty & it has been more than 5 years since last shot. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for stepping on a rusty nail?

What are some treatments for stepping on a rusty nail?

Stepping on a nail: First of all, you need to consider your tetanus status. Stepping on a rusty nail is a tetanus prone wound. Depending on whether or not you've received a tetanus vaccine and when it was administered, you may require a tetanus booster shot and immunoglobulin injection. Evaluation by a podiatrist could be helpful to ensure the wound isn't infected. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for stepping on a rusty nail?

What is the best treatment for stepping on a rusty nail?

Clean/ tetanus: Medical assessment. The wound should be cleansed and dried. Antibiotics are some times needed as well as tetanus shot if it has been more than 10 years since your last one. Dirty puncture wounds have significant risk for infection. ...Read more

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

Depends: If you have not received a booster within 10 years you should. If is more than 5 but less than 10, it wouldn't hurt & would improve your protection so you wouldn't need it again soon. De sure to clean the wound and monitor it for swelling, redness or discharge. There are other germs that can cause problems. ...Read more

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