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How does someone know if they have rust poisoning? Would antibacterial soap get rid of infection
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Are you saying...
...That you cut yourself with a rusty blade, or stepped on a rusty nail? If so, you'll need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in ~5 years.
Soap (antibacterial or otherwise) will help cleanse the wound, but if the object is rusty it's probably dirty too, so infection is a real possibility. See your doctor. Btw, there is no such thing as "rust poisoning.".

In brief: Are you saying...
...That you cut yourself with a rusty blade, or stepped on a rusty nail? If so, you'll need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in ~5 years.
Soap (antibacterial or otherwise) will help cleanse the wound, but if the object is rusty it's probably dirty too, so infection is a real possibility. See your doctor. Btw, there is no such thing as "rust poisoning.".
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Please elaborate!
Rust=iron oxide and poisoning or toxic level is very unsual.
Stepping on rusty nail won't do it and if consuming enough to cause poisoning will like cause lots of GI distress first. Superficial skin contamination/abrasions can be washed with soap and water..Antibacterial soap does not add much value at all, just more chance of creating bacterial resistance. Consult doc if u r concerned. Good luck.

In brief: Please elaborate!
Rust=iron oxide and poisoning or toxic level is very unsual.
Stepping on rusty nail won't do it and if consuming enough to cause poisoning will like cause lots of GI distress first. Superficial skin contamination/abrasions can be washed with soap and water..Antibacterial soap does not add much value at all, just more chance of creating bacterial resistance. Consult doc if u r concerned. Good luck.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
In brief: Rust poisoning
Rust poisoning does not exist "per se".
What can happen is that you got an infection because the blade was not sterile. The best you can do is to go and see a doctor, don't play with your health.

In brief: Rust poisoning
Rust poisoning does not exist "per se".
What can happen is that you got an infection because the blade was not sterile. The best you can do is to go and see a doctor, don't play with your health.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dr. Michael Fisher
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