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Offline Beth0810

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Re: TETANUS SCARE!!!!! FREAKING OUT!!!!
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2014, 11:51:17 AM »
Ok first off.  The series of tetanus jabs you had as a child cover you for LIFE.  The US is one of the ONLY countries that says you have to keep getting "boosters".  In the UK, they don't do them.  So you are covered.  Like, forever. 

Second, tetanus comes from poop.  Not rotten potatoes.  So unless the potatoes were rotten AND covered in horse *****, you are fine. 

Third, did you bleed?  Tetanus can only survive in an anaerobic environment.  Blood carries oxygen.  If you bled, you first flushed out any potential contaminant, and also oxygenated the area, therefore making it an unsuitable environment for tetanus to grow.  Tetanus is usually associated with DEEP puncture wounds.  Why?  Because they don't really bleed.

So to sum up… you are FINE.  you have zero risk of getting tetanus from the wound you described. 

The symptoms you are describing are associated with anxiety.  Stop obsessing.  :)
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Re: TETANUS SCARE!!!!! FREAKING OUT!!!!
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2014, 01:26:38 PM »
Each country has its own protocol for immunizations.   Each person here should take the advice of his/her own doctor regarding whether or not a vaccine is necessary.

Personally, as an American, I will continue getting tetanus boosters and I will feel good about doing so.  I may actually go and get a pertussis vaccine as there is currently an increase of this disease in adults who were fully immunized as children.  AND then passing it onto young babies not yet immunized.
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Re: TETANUS SCARE!!!!! FREAKING OUT!!!!
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2014, 05:24:28 PM »
Tetnus starts in the wound area and then travels systemically throughout the body.  The muscles AROUND the wound would be sore and stiff first.
Now that you mention it my thumb and middle finger have been feeling rather strange. The finger I cut is my pointer finger. Oh no! They do feel sore  :(
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Re: TETANUS SCARE!!!!! FREAKING OUT!!!!
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2014, 05:36:07 PM »
you DON'T have tetanus.  You have a cut.  Cuts always feel sore.   keep it clean.  that is all
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« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2014, 06:37:02 PM »
*facepalm* I'm pretty sure that wasn't what the other poster was trying to get at. 

You can't possibly have tetanus.  Between the immunizations and the fact that you would be the first person ever to get it from a potato, it's just...not what's happening.
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Re: TETANUS SCARE!!!!! FREAKING OUT!!!!
« Reply #15 on: September 01, 2014, 08:21:25 PM »
Besides all of the good things that everyone else has said, I want to add that we have been programmed to believe that people are getting tetanus every day, and unless you keep up with your vaccines you are doomed. Tetanus is one of my triggers, so I have done a lot of research. In the United States, approximately 35 people get tetanus each year. Some of them were current with their vaccines.  There are over three hundred million people in the United States. Each day people are getting millions of cuts. It is estimated that only fifty percent of the population is current with their vaccines. SO, the chances of getting tetanus are about the same as winning the lottery and getting struck by lightning on the same day. And, most of the people who got tetanus survived.

Also, what Beth0810 said is right on. I've read the information at the British medical site. They follow a different protocol, and in Great Britain approximately six people a year get tetanus and the population is around sixty million. So, even with the vaccine schedule they follow there is no significant difference in the numbers. Interestingly, the British website doesn't scare you into believing that you will die from every kind of cut. They explain it rationally.

And, one more thing. Before the tetanus vaccine was even created the incidences of tetanus had significantly decreased. This was attributed to better hygiene and people actually cleaning their wounds.

Anyway, that's my two cents. Oh, and I never read about anyone getting tetanus from a dirty potato. Try to calm down.
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Re: TETANUS SCARE!!!!! FREAKING OUT!!!!
« Reply #16 on: September 01, 2014, 08:49:32 PM »
That's probably due to the fact that the British health system is NOT for profit, which is why they don't push unnecessary vaccines on their people… they do what works and no more.  They don't' use fear to motivate people. 

You have zero chance of getting tetanus, OP.  No worries.  :)
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Re: TETANUS SCARE!!!!! FREAKING OUT!!!!
« Reply #17 on: September 02, 2014, 12:27:50 AM »
Beth0810, I completely agree with you.
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