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Doctor insights on: Stepping On A Rusty Nail Tetanus

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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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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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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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I stepped on a nail last night. It wasn't rusty. It only went in an inch or two. I cleaned it right after. Could I have tetanus?

I stepped on a nail last night. It wasn't rusty. It only went in an inch or two. I cleaned it right after. Could I have tetanus?

Puncture wounds: Can be particularly worrisome regarding infection. An inch or two is actually pretty deep. If you haven't had a tetanus shot in the last ten years - that is a must. I would encourage you to have this medically addressed. 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 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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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 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.

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

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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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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I stepped on a metal nail & bled--do I need a tetanus shot?

Depends: Depends on your history of tetanus immunizations. I would contact your primary care doctor immediately. Puncture wounds from nails can be prone to tetanus. Read more

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Yesterday I stepped on a little nail? Probably went in less than 1/4 inch, and looks fine now. Should I get a tetanus booster?

Yesterday I stepped on a little nail? Probably went in less than 1/4 inch, and looks fine now. Should I get a tetanus booster?

Depends: The depth of the injury means more for the potential germs planted inside than the issue of tetanus. Cleaning the wound quickly with soap & water is the best initial action. Even a superficial scratch can allow the tetanus spores to set up in your body & cause tetanus. If you are > 5 years out from your last tetanus, or never completed the primary series, you should consider it. Read more

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How long do you have before you step on a nail or something to get a tetanus shot, what if you can't get one for a few hours after the incident?

How long do you have before you step on a nail or something to get a tetanus shot, what if you can't get one for a few hours after the incident?

Varies: We encourage the injection within 24-48 hours. Good wound cleaning as soon as possible after the injury helps prevent a wound infection by any germ with or without tetanus spores that may be there. If you've had the primary series and your last booster was within 10 years, the shot is optional but a good decision because you can boost your protection for another decade. Read more

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My husband stepped on a nail during a demolition yesterday. He had a tetanus shot 3 weeks ago for a separate incident. Does he need another shot?

Tetanus: No, he is coverd but he needs to clean it out well and use some antiseptic cream as the tetanus shot does not prevent you from getting a cellulitis Read more