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Worried about tetanus. Small wound from metal bar in outdoor shower on farm between toes. Shots out of date. Cleaned/bandaged wound with gentamicin.

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 Shots out of date.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

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I stepped on a nail and have a puncture wound. Tetanus is good and I cleaned it. Any way to speed healing? I am training for a physical event...

I stepped on a nail and have a puncture wound. Tetanus is good and I cleaned it. Any way to speed healing? I am training for a physical event...

Punctured wound: Development of an infection is greatest concern and will depend on how deep the nail got. If shallow, rate of infection should be almost minimal. If deep, surface cleaning make not be enough to prevent bacterial infection. Close observation of the wound for redness, pain and tenderness is prudent and if present later, have your physician prescribe antibiotics. If there is pus, have md do a culture. ...Read more

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How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after I get a wound?

How long do I have to get a tetanus shot after I get a wound?

Depends: If you completed the primary series in childhood & have had one within five years you can probably just wash out a simple wound & not worry. If you have never had the series & have a dirty wound u could see the tetanus begin to set up over a day or so, so a shot & anti-toxin might be needed within hours. If u fall in the middle, get it done within 48hrs, but do a good job of cleaning the wound 1st. ...Read more

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Can you tell me could I get tetanus from a pen ink in my wound?

Can you tell me could I get tetanus from a pen ink in my wound?

No: You get tetanus when a wound is infected by tetanus germs that make a toxin. Tetanus spores are widely distributed in nature, more often found in soil, but also in other areas. A pen ink would not carry tetanus spores, yet a wound created by a puncture wound (from a pen) could be contaminated from another source. ...Read more

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Should I get a tetanus injection after suffering a puncture wound?

Should I get a tetanus injection after suffering a puncture wound?

Depends on situation: If you have not had a booster within the last 10 yrs, you should consider one after any wound that might allow tetanus spores (that are in the dust or dirt) a chance to get under your skin.Wounds involving garden tools, dirt, & dirty environments are the most worrisome. A simple jab in your skin from a pin or staple is not so worrisome. ...Read more

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I had a small cut from a metal. And wound healed completely. Does there is still a chance of tetanus?

I had a small cut from a metal. And wound healed completely. Does there is still a chance of tetanus?

Not from that injury: If the wound has completely healed over then you are in the clear. If your work/life-style puts you at increased risk for dirty wounds, then staying current with your tetanus immunizations is highly recommended. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get tetanus from a very small wound from pushpin? I was vaccinated past 3 years with small wound

Generally no: If you have been vaccinated against tetanus then you shld be protected from getting tetanus. ...Read more

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Can I get tetanus from a cut that only pieced the skin and only bled for 30 seconds? The wound was caused by a rock in a forest.

Can I get tetanus from a cut that only pieced the skin and only bled for 30 seconds? The wound was caused by a rock in a forest.

Unlikely but possibl: In the scenario you say the cut pierced the skin and bled for 30 seconds. It is still possible for Tetanus germs to enter your body. You are only 15.Check with your Pediatrician when and if you received your last Tdap. It is given at age of 11 as recommended by American Academy of Pediatrics.I f not given at that age you need to get Tdap from your Pediatrician now. Tdap protects you against 3 diseases ...Read more

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I stepped on pointed object 11 days back in field, blood did not came out, there was not any kind of wound, is there any risk of tetanus?

I stepped on pointed object 11 days back in field, blood did not came out, there was not any kind of wound, is there any risk of tetanus?

Yes Theoretically: I would anyway ensure that your tetanus vaccine is up to date. If you have not had one in the last 5-10 years, I would call your primary care provider and have it done.
Better to be safe, and up to date anyway. ...Read more

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Husband got puncture wounds from new barb wire. Does he need a tetanus shot? He hasn't had one in over 10 yrs. If so, how long can he wait?

Husband got puncture wounds from new barb wire. Does he need a tetanus shot? He hasn't had one in over 10 yrs. If so, how long can he wait?

Yes: The cdc recommends a tetanus shot booster every ten years or for certain exposures. Symptoms develop about 3-8 days after exposure to the bacteria. Good luck, I hope this helps. If so, please vote for me. Heres a link for more info. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/tetanus/. ...Read more

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Is pen ink in your wound likely to need a tetanus shot?

Dirty Pen?: Tetanus spores are found in dirt, so a clean pen is not likely to inoculate with tetanus, while a dirty pen could.

A tetanus booster is recommended avery 10 years, and within 5 years if you have a tetanus prone wound. ...Read more

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Should I get a tetanus shot if I just suffered a puncture wound?

Should I get a tetanus shot if I just suffered a puncture wound?

Yes: Call your doctor and see if you are up to date on tetanus. If so, shot not needed. If not up to date then you should get the shot. ...Read more

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How badly do I have to bleed from a wound to need another tetanus shot?

How badly do I have to bleed from a wound to need another tetanus shot?

Tetanus EVERY 5-10yr: If a wound is dirty (contaminated with dirt/wood/metal etc.) and your last tetanus shot was >5 years ago then you may need a tetanus shot. With whooping cough epidemics all over the country it is best to get a tdap shot (tetanus+whooping cough) anyway. Generally, you need a tetanus shot every 10 years no matter the situation. ...Read more

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Would a puncture wound infected with tetanus typically exhibit some obvious signs?

Would a puncture wound infected with tetanus typically exhibit some obvious signs?

No it does not: No the wound will not exiibit any signs as tetanus bacteria is not visible ...Read more

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I got injured like 2 months ago. And my wound is pretty deep and won't heal. Would I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus is not issue: A wound present for two months needs medical evaluation. Tetanus is only an issue from a contaminated source but it would have shown up by two months, so although you have a problem here with a non-healing wound, it is not due to tetanus. ...Read more

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Hello, I cut myself on May 15 and received stitches. Wound is healed, am I still at risk for tetanus and should get shot? Help please.

OunceofPrevention..: You are not at risk for tetanus from the injury in May, but if it's been more than 10 yrs since your last booster then it is recommended that you get the booster to protect you from future exposures. ...Read more

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Logical question am I more likely to get tetanus through a scrape with a tiny cut or a deep wound? And why get another tetanus shot if you have one

Logical question am I more likely to get tetanus through a scrape with a tiny cut or a deep wound? And why get another tetanus shot if you have one

DeepContaminatedWoun: It can be deep wound, but it depends more if it is a clean wound like with a blade or knife at home or a wound outside in the dirt. Soil, and animal feces.This is because the spores of the tetanus bacteria are found in these areas. When the spores enter deep flesh wound that can produce a powerful toxin which impair the nerves that control your muscle. Rarely superficial contaminated wounds can also ca ...Read more

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I had stepped on pointed object 11 day back, no blood and wound was there, just a mild pain and I had tetvac 8 years back, am I at risk of tetanus?

Possiblly: If the object broke the skin, then yes you are at slight risk for tetanus. You should get a tetanus booster every 10 years, but every 5years in the event of an injury. ...Read more

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I'd met with an accident day before yesterday, and wound was little dirty with soil. And I'd injected Tetanus 6 years back. Whether I need to take TT?

Not necessary: The tetanus vaccine is usually good for ten years. You need to clean the wound and watch for any infection. You could get a booster but usually only need it in 4 years ...Read more

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I was bitten by a dog on Saturday evening. It was a minor wound but I am concerned about Tetanus. How much time do I have to get an injection? I think I had a tetanus injection last in 2008.

I was bitten by a dog on Saturday evening. It was a minor wound but I am concerned about Tetanus. How much time do I have to get an injection? I think I had a tetanus injection last in 2008.

You are covered: If you have been vaccinated within the past 10 years you should still have immunity from your prior vaccination. It is a good idea to get a booster this year if it has in fact been 10 years since your last booster. ...Read more

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I was cut by a soup can today and had the wound bandaged by an emt. He suggested that I get a tetanus shot within the week. Just want to know if it's ok to wait over the weekend. I don't want to use the emergency room. Thank you

You: You should have a tetanus shot within 72 hours ideally. However it is very unlikely that you will get tetanus from a soup can. It is a good idea to get it updated though, as this will last you from 5-10 years. Also the new tetanus shot also has the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, and we are having a whooping cough outbreak in this country. ...Read more

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When is a wound dirty enuff so that the patient is injected for tetanus?

When is a wound dirty enuff so that the patient is injected for tetanus?

Dirty wound: If the wound is dirty the person may need tetanus vaccination/immunoglobulin based on the number of previous doses of tenatus immunization received. ...Read more

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Will I get tetanus - last shot 3 years ago - puncture wound - rusty nail in garden?

Will I get tetanus - last shot 3 years ago - puncture wound - rusty nail in garden?

Have it evaluated: Such injuries can potentially be 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. Have the wound properly evaluated and treated to avoid preventable complications. ...Read more