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Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« on: August 17, 2014, 09:56:48 PM »
So a bit freaked out at the moment, tried to do some self-dentistry "Stupid of course" after a root canal to get a bone chip out. Although I managed I afterwards discovered that the steel tweezers I was using had a small amount of rust on the inside. Now I am really concerned about Tetanus, although these users were kept in an indoor area, not outside or anything. Haven't had a tetanus shot in my life and it's been a day so there would no real benefit to getting one if I DID have Tetanus. Anyway do you all think I have nothing to worry about, or should I be very concerned? Many Thanks -Kev

 My dad keeps saying its just my anxiety and that he stepped on rusty nails as a kid with no issues, the only good news is that the wound was bleeding and I know Tetanus can't survive in air but no idea if that makes a difference.
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2014, 10:07:25 PM »
I'm not sure if you can have a tetanus shot after a week. I think you have NOTHING to be worried about though.
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2014, 11:09:10 PM »
Thanks Marie I really hope you are right  :traurig001:
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2014, 11:44:34 PM »
Just go to a walk in clinic-sure they'll give a shot.
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 12:16:57 AM »
Just go to a walk in clinic-sure they'll give a shot.
Walk in clinics here cost 100$ don't  have that to spend :(.
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2014, 01:31:16 AM »
 Maybe I can just walk into my docs unnanounced and request a tetanus shot from a nurse? What do you guys think?
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2014, 09:48:02 AM »
Tha`t sounds like a plan to me-nurses usually give the shots anyway.
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2014, 11:40:55 AM »
I'm not a doctor but I know how you get tetnus. Certainly you can get a booster shot if you haven't had one but unless those tweezers were in an old dirty dusty closet for a while or outside in the dirt or covered in manure, there's no real chance of getting it.

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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2014, 11:45:36 AM »
First of all before you'd even BEGIN to get tetnus you'd get a SEVERE infection in that tooth (which would then LEAD to tetnus)  Secondly tetnus is usually from a PUNCTURE wound that doesn't bleed.  Blood washes out the bacteria.  You should get a shot, not because you are in danger at this time, but because they are good for 10 years and if you ever DO get some kind of puncture wound you will be protected and not have to worry.
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2014, 03:53:43 PM »
Hey all! Just got back from the DR some good and bad news. Unfortunately my insurance doesnt cover the shot although apparently I almost certainly had a tetanus shot at some point or elae not sure id have even be able to apply to school. He told me the chances of getting it even from that activity were extremely rare. Still he offerred to do it in the morning but didn't seem to think I really needed it. Hope I dont get tetanus xD

 What do you guys think, sound savvy? Thanks for all the responses!
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Re: Really scared of Tetnus and can't get to doc for a week
« Reply #10 on: August 18, 2014, 04:05:25 PM »
you didn't get tetanus from that.

if you live in the US then you did, indeed, have several tetanus shots growing up.  it will have been in the dpt shot (it has other acronyms as well).    My 13yr old just had her booster this year.  I am trying to remember if my son had at booster at 18.  He may have.   tetanus boosters are good for 10yrs.   My last tetanus shot was 3/2006.  so in a 1 1/2yr, I will have my doc hit me again.

the likelihood of you contracting it, ever, is pretty small.  I do a LOT outdoors.  so for me, it makes sense.  Personally,  I think it makes sense for everyone.
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