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When To Get A Tetanus Shot After Cut
How long can I wait to get a tetanus shot after stepping on a nail? The nail wasn't.Clean but wasn't rusted. Foot washed. Dep cut
As soon as possible: Do not put this off if it has been 10 years or more since your last shot or if you don't know when it was. Get it now. ...Read more
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
Hi I got a whooping cough shot in 2011 today I cut myself on a drity bench. Do I night to get a tetanus shot?
Depends: If you received the TdaP, or the more current whooping cough shot that contains the tetanus toxoid you are protected. Since that is the only whooping cough shot now given to adults I expect that you did. The tetanus booster within that shot gives you 10 years of protection from date of administration. ...Read more
Maybe.: With a low-risk injury (clean and shallow) you need a booster if you haven't had one in 10 years; with a high risk (deep and dirty) it's 5 years. ...Read more
What to do if I got a cut tripping with some metal wires on the ground, should I get a tetanus shot?
A cut is a cut: Tetanus is possible when a cut on the skin is contaminated by tetanus spores that are all around, predominantly in soils. It doesn't matter what made the cut if the exposure comes after the skin is open. The rusty wire is a classic source because it was on the ground. If > 10 yrs since youe last booster, get the shot. ...Read more
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
I cut myself with a staple that was on a package sent from China. It's small, kinda deep cut. Should I get a tetanus shot? (Idk when I last had one)
Yes: If it has been more than 5 years since your last shot or if you cant remember, you should get a new shot, sooner rather than later. If you know the doctor you went to the last time you had your tetinus shot, they probably have records and can tell you when you had your last shot. Also look out for signs of infection, like increaseing warmth or draining puss, increasing pain, etc ...Read more
Should I get a tetanus shot? I've been getting small cuts/ scratches from metal lately I checked and I don't think there was rust. I am a hypochondriac
Tetanus shot: Tetanus shots need to be repeated (booster shot) about every 10 years. If you haven't had one in that length of time or don't remember when you last had one, then yes do get one. ...Read more
If I cut my finger on a can, can I wait 24 hours to go get a tetanus shot? My last one was 10yrs one month ago.
If the can: Was clean (not rusty or filthy) you can likely wait 24 hours. ...Read more
I was in the mountains yesterday and I got cut on my lower leg by rusty barbed wire. It's just a red scratch. Should I get a tetanus shot? I'm 21.
Better safe than:
Sorry. If it more than 5 years since your last tetanus booster it will be the prudent thing to do. Hopefully a shallow scratch should not pose a high risk for infection especially if the scratch was irrigated thoroughly. Take care and be safe.
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6 days ago I cut my finger putting on skies. Wound is small and not deep. It did bleed a little. Didn't get a tetanus shot. Should I worry about tetanus?
Husband cut his finger with dirty pruning shears last weekend, and now it looks ugly. Should he get a tetanus shot?
I got a minor cut from a old rusty knife I am up to date on my tetanus shot but should I still go get it checked?
My husband is 48 years old and had a tetanus shot 6 years ago, he got cut by a bottle last night, should he get another tetanus shot?
Not needed: He doesn't need one.Get a more detailed answer ›
Hi! If I got a tetanus shot last 8 years ago and cut myself last Friday but it has healed well, should I get a tetanus booster?
Maybe: You should be protected from your past booster (10 yrs) unless the wound was contaminated or care delayed. Since you are at the end of the useful span of protection, a booster now or at your convenience might be a good idea. ...Read more
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
Minor cut from tin can. Last tetanus shot just over 10 yrs ago. How long can I wait before I get another shot?
With Tetanus: It is better not to delay if your shot is out of date. ...Read more
Got cut with a dirty blade desinfected with KMnO4.No local signs of inflamation. Last date of tetanus shot 17.11.2005. Shoul get tetanus shot again?
Cut from can lid in trash bag this am. Called dr who said minor cut and no need for tetanus shot but can't recall booster last 10 yrs. Get one in am?
Yes: It would probably be better to get one, just to be on the safe side. ...Read more
Small cut from metal table in kitchen. Disinfected. I have dr appt. In 48 hrs. Am I ok to wait until then to get tetanus shot? Last one was 12 yrs ago
Yes: With a clean wound it is ok bur be sure to check with your physician Monday. ...Read more
Am I still able to get tetanus if I got a small cut by a clean looking nail outside and my last tetanus shot was 4-5 years ago?
Highly unlikely: Fortunately tetanus is a very rare disease and esp. Rare in those who have been vaccinated. If you were vaccinated within the past 10 years there is no need to get a booster. I would like to say there is no chance of you getting tetanus but can't- there are very rare cases in those who have been vaccinated, but they tend to be less serious. See http://www. Vaclib. Org/basic/health/boostershots. Htm. ...Read more
A friend wants to know if she stepped on a nail and didn't get cut and it didn't go in her foot if she still needs a tetanus shot?
No: The skin must be punctured completely to force the clostridium tetani bacteria through to underlying tissues order to cause tetanus. A scrape won't introduce it, as well. If you do get a skin puncture, try to make the wound bleed to help get rid of any foreign matter that might have been introduced. If it is red and painful the next day, seek immediate treatment, even after your booster. ...Read more
Does deep cut require tetanus shot? What's the time limit under which I should get the shot? A long sewing machine needle passed through the finger fully
No shot needed.: If it's a non-rusty sewing needle, it's unlikely you will need tetanus shot. This shot lasts 5-10 years. If you haven't had the shot over 6 years. It;s best to get another one. This will protect you for future deep wound or cut injuries that may put you at risk for tetanus. ...Read more
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