Top
10
Doctor insights on: Why Does Rust Cause Tetanus

Share
1

1
Why does rust cause tetanus?

Why does rust cause tetanus?

Not the rust: It is not the rust, but bacteria that often live on rusty nails. It is the puncture wound that allows these bacteria to enter your body and grow in the relatively low oxygen environment of a puncture wound. ...Read more

2

2
Could daily exposure to rust cause tetanus or some other type of illness?

Could daily exposure to rust cause tetanus or some other type of illness?

Not tetanus: Tetanus is caused by bacteria that may live on rusty nails and is introduced by a puncture wound. Chronic exposure to rust dust can lead to inhalation and abnormal chest xray findings as well as exacerbate airway reactivity. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
If tetanus thrives in rust and can be got by small scratches, why weren't cases more than 1 in 100,000 in USA in 1930s? Surely more than that got cuts

If tetanus thrives in rust and can be got by small scratches, why weren't cases more than 1 in 100,000 in USA in 1930s? Surely more than that got cuts

Deep wounds only: Tetanus never takes hold in superficial, pre-existing skin wounds. Typically it takes a deep wound, as with a contaminated nail or other sharp object. Also, the vast majority of the population has been vaccinated against tetanus, which also explains its rarity. ...Read more

6

6
Is it possible to get tetanus if a flake of rust touches your eye?

No: The tetanus is carried in rusty nails, etc. by the spores of the organism which are usually found in contaminated soil and especially around farm animals. Even with contamination, the spores must enter the body and a flake of rust in the tears will not do this. You are not at risk. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
Do you think I'll need to get a tetanus booster if I swallowed something with rust on it?

Do you think I'll need to get a tetanus booster if I swallowed something with rust on it?

Depends: on what you swallowed. Was it sharp? dirty? in soil? old? metal? Most things with rust on them should not be swallowed. If you have not had a recent tetanus booster, I recommend you get one. ...Read more

8

8
Tetanus from shaving with or without rust spot on razor. Can the cut be a nick or does it have to be deep?

Tetanus from shaving with or without rust spot on razor.  Can the cut be a nick or does it have to be deep?

Tetanus: The best practice is get tetanus shot every 10 years. It will prevent the tetanus infection. You never know when the tetanus bacteria can infect you after a cut. ...Read more

9

9
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

See 1 more doctor answer