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Author Topic: Real worried about Tetanus from touching a rusty nail on beach....  (Read 13338 times)

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Offline Quarter Horse

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Re: Real worried about Tetanus from touching a rusty nail on beach....
« Reply #50 on: August 15, 2006, 11:36:43 PM »
Unless a wound occured, you have nothing to worry about. You are not able to get tetanus from "touching" a rusty object. Infants are required to have immunizations against tetanus in a series of shots known as TDAP/DTAP, which stands for Tetanus, Diptheria, Acellular Pertussis.  These particular shots are given generally between the ages of 2months thru 6yrs of age, and no later than about 13 yrs old. Adults will need a booster shot every 5-7yrs based on exposure. I am a nurse, and deal with this issue quite often when giving kids their shots. 

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Re: Real worried about Tetanus from touching a rusty nail on beach....
« Reply #51 on: August 15, 2006, 11:47:06 PM »
Scott, Brian is absolutely right.

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Re: Real worried about Tetanus from touching a rusty nail on beach....
« Reply #52 on: August 16, 2006, 12:53:59 AM »
Thank you so much, I'm calmed down now. And thanks for the names of the shots too, I will ask about them next time I go the doctors.

Oh and my brother is 5 years old, so he should have already gotten the shot right?

But eitheir way, just touching it is fine? I also saw some rust scattered through out the sand sort of. Like you see regular sand, then a few "salt traces" of the rust color. Would getting this rust on his body, since he was rolling around, do any harm?

And what would be considered a "wound"? Because I can't go by his word accurately, even though he says he didnt step on it, nor did it hurt him he says. But I'm worried he thought it only hurt for a second, then went fine. I can't trust it since he's so young so he probably said he didn't step on it, nor did it prick him just to get me to shut up, lol.

And also what if he has a few scratches already on his leg or body like from small scrapes and such, would rolling in the sand, that possibly had some of the rust from the rusty nail cause Tetanus?

Also, if he had gotten Tetanus from the nail, would he be unaware about Tetanus until later in life, or would he know he had Tetanus in a matter of days?

Sorry for all the questions.
« Last Edit: August 16, 2006, 01:03:59 AM by Worried Scott »

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Re: Real worried about Tetanus from touching a rusty nail on beach....
« Reply #53 on: August 16, 2006, 06:09:52 AM »
Scott,

I've merged the rusty nail thread you posted in OT. This has gone on long enough. The purpose of this forum is not to replace the mental health care you need. Your health related anxieties are far beyond the remit of these forums and to help encourage you to get the proper face to face help you need, I'm giving you a four week time out.

Do NOT create a new account to get around your time out or you will be permanently banned, no questions asked.

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