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Doctor insights on: What Are My Chances Of Getting Tetanus After A Cut On My Foot

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What are my chances of getting tetanus after a cut on my foot?

What are my chances of getting tetanus after a cut on my foot?

Small: Though the chances may be small the cut needs to be examined and your tetanus brought up to date.
The consequences if ignored are great. ...Read more

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I received a small cut on my foot from a piece of dirty glass (that was in an parking lot) do I need to get a tetanus shot? Unsure of last time I got one.

I received a small cut on my foot from a piece of dirty glass (that was in an parking lot) do I need to get a tetanus shot? Unsure of last time I got one.

Tetanus Protocol: If you can not remember the last time you had a tetanus booster. It wouldn't be a bad idea to get one. Then you'll be good for 10 years. Better safe age than sorry. ...Read more

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I cut my foot on a rusty rod and used peroxide on the cut later that night. If I keep using peroxide, antibiotic ointment, &band aids, can I get Tetanus?

I cut my foot on a rusty rod and used peroxide on the cut later that night. If I keep using peroxide, antibiotic ointment, &band aids, can I get Tetanus?

Maybe, maybe not: It only takes an opening in the skin and a few tetanus spores to begin the infectious process that may lead to tetanus. Your work to clean and sanitize the area is a great first step, and may protect you. However, tetanus is quite nasty and a simple booster provides protection for 10 years. If you can't remember your last tetanus shot, get one. You mav have received one around 10-12 years of age. ...Read more

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I just got brand new cutco knives and first thing I cut with them was my foot by dropping it on it, do I need a tetanus shot?

I just got brand new cutco knives and first thing I cut with them was my foot by dropping it on it, do I need a tetanus shot?

Watch out: First you should clean your wound with soap and water, washing it out well. Then think. When was your last tetanus shot? If you cannot remember, get one. If you do remember and it was within the past 10 years, in this situation you really should be ok. If it were a really dirty injury and your shot was more than 5 years ago I would recommend getting a booster. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have cut my foot on glass. Do I need a tetanus jab?

I have cut my foot on glass. Do I need a tetanus jab?

If you haven't: Gotten one in 10 years its a good idea. Though, glass would not be as much of a concern as say metal. ...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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If I stepped on a nail today but it didn't puncture my foot do I still have to get a tetanus shot. It did not bleed?

If greater than 10yr: If it's been greater than 10yrs since last tetanus shot, use this opportunity as a gentle reminder to update your vaccination status. ...Read more

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I rusty nail just went through my flip flop and poked my foot and made it bleed do I have to get a tetanus shot now?

I rusty nail just went through my flip flop and poked my foot and made it bleed do I have to get a tetanus shot now?

Yes: If you have not had one in the past 5 years, you need to get one in the next 24 hours, the sooner the better. Also, flip-flop wounds are very dirty. Make sure you thoroughly clean out the wound with antibacterial soap and monitor very closely for redness, drainage, fever. These type puncture wounds are very prone to infection! ...Read more

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I stepped on a rusted nail last Monday and cut my foot 3 days later it was still hurting so I went and got a tetanus shot just to make sure I would be ok. Now exactly 1 weeks after it happened I’ve had a headache all day and now my jaw hurts to open?

I stepped on a rusted nail last Monday and cut my foot 3 days later it was still hurting so I went and got a tetanus shot just to make sure I would be ok. Now exactly 1 weeks after it happened I’ve had a headache all day and now my jaw hurts to open?

I am not: An infectious disease doctor so I just referred this question to Dr Hunter Hansfield. If Clostridium tetani did infect your foot eight days ago - I don't know if the tetanus shot that was at least 3 day out (you didn't specify which day you got the tetnaus shot was) would prevent Tetanus or not. Hopefully Dr Hansfeild or one of the other infectious Dz Docs will respond to your question. ...Read more

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A wire went deep in my foot but it was not rusty. Do I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus Shot: If it has been more than 10 years since your last tetanus shot or you don't remember when it is - then yes, you need a tetanus shot. ...Read more

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Will I need a tetanus shot if I stepped on sharp metal but it didn't go through my foot?

Will I need a tetanus shot if I stepped on sharp metal but it didn't go through my foot?

NO IF NO ENTRY: If you step on a sharp metal and there is no cut and the skin is intact. You do not need Tetanus shot.But if there is an entry wound (the metal entered the skin)then you do not need a Tetanus shot if your last booster shot was more than 5 years ago
If there is no break in the skin than there is no risk of contacting Tetanus ...Read more

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I am 36 and stepped on a rusty tack that went as far as it could into my foot do I need a tetanus shot? : (

I am 36 and stepped on a rusty tack that went as far as it could into my foot do I need a tetanus shot? : (

Tdap recommended: Tetanus shots are good for 10 years but if the injury is 'dirty' then >5 years is the norm. However, the adult tdap is recommended now to cover tetanus and whooping cough. The other worry with a puncture wound is the risk of infection. I hope you could clean the wound with soap and water. If any redness/pain/swelling you should get seen because of risk of bone infection (osteomyelitis). ...Read more

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I stepped on an earring two days ago, and the site of the wound isn't bothering me, but I have pain in the muscle on the arch of my foot. Tetanus?

I stepped on an earring two days ago, and the site of the wound isn't bothering me, but I have pain in the muscle on the arch of my foot. Tetanus?

See your doctor: It is possible that you have a secondary bacterial infection from the puncture wound, and may need antibiotics. Tetanus is very unlikely, and wouldn't present this way. But you should make sure that you are up to date on your immunizations-- tetanus is called Tdap-- adults need a booster every 10 years.
Please make an appointment ASAP with your primary care doctor so she/he can assess your foot. ...Read more

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Hello, I just pushed my foot on a rusty nail, but there is no pull on my leg or even redness. Should I fear for tetanus?

Not really: If the skin was not injured or broken into then you are safe.
To be safer, please have a booster tetanus shot. ...Read more

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I stepped on metal today punctured skin. Able to stop bleeding. My foot is throbbing. Been 12 years since last booster. Do I need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: If you get a severe cut or puncture wound and it has been more than 5 years since your last tetanus shot you should get a booster shot. Otherwise it is recommended that you have a booster shot in 10 years after the last shot. ...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