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I have a rusty metal cut

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  • Posted By: nsnk2008
  • June 6, 2007
  • 00:44 PM

I have a cut on my forehand that was done by a rusty piece of scrap in the workshop. Many of my colleagues have told me to go and get tetanus shots. Please tell me if I'm really at risk. I have not received any injection of any type for the last 20 or so years. I have had innumerable wounds from metal pieces. I do not even remember when I had the last tetanus shot, as I dont have immunization records on paper. But this cut is particularly deep and it seems there are some rust particles inside the wound. Please advise me what to do? How will the injection affect the working of my hand?

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  • i think you must have taken the injection. if not, what are you doing till now?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please get a tetanus shot. Tetanus is horrible, and can be prevented with a simple shot- I just wouldn't fool around with this. get the shot on the arm you use the least. It should hurt for just a day or so, and then you don't need to worry again for another 10 years ( I believe that is right, but check with them and see). If you have a deep wound, then I recommend having it cleaned by a doc. I just wouldn't ignore this as you can get a nasty infection. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Surely you have gone to get that T Toxoid shot by now.1) it needs to be within 24 hrs of injury2) wound needs to be cleaned and dressed with antibiotic dressing3) most likely oral antibiotic given to ward off infection4) you don't take chances with rusty metal cuts like this5) wound kept dry for few days to give chance to begin healing, you could possibly wear gloves over that to help out while working6) rather than worry over how it will affect your working with hands worry over whether tetanus will land you in a hospital and end your life PS: DON"T use bandaids on cuts....it makes the wound stay moist rather than heal up......use gauze dressings instead with tape over that to hold in place. Use antibiotic ointments under gauze when changing dressings.
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