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Stood on rusty nail, do I need tetanus booster?

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Birdsighland Sat 05-Apr-14 23:28:30

Just wondering if I should get a tetanus booster. I last had tetanus shot about 20 yrs ago. I stood on a rusty nail today in the garden and it really stabbed into my foot. I had to lift my leg and physically pull it out. I am immunosuppressed.

Would I have any cover from my very long ago shot?

Wittsend13 Sat 05-Apr-14 23:29:17

Same thing happened to me last year and yes you will need one?

Paddington68 Sat 05-Apr-14 23:29:46

get a booster

Diamondcassis Sat 05-Apr-14 23:34:01

You need booster

DramaAlpaca Sat 05-Apr-14 23:34:21

Ouch. This happened to me about ten years ago. It had gone in quite deep, I had to pull it out & it was bloody painful.

I went to the doctor's to get a tetanus booster as soon as I could. I was also given antibiotics. I'm not one to rush to the GP very often and I rarely take antibiotics, but I thought it was necessary in this case.

I really think you should get medical advice, especially as you are immuno-suppressed.

Birdsighland Sat 05-Apr-14 23:35:18

Thanks, wondering if I should go to A&E or should I wait to see doc on monday (trouble with doc is sometimes impossible to get an appointment).

Fromhappytosad123 Sat 05-Apr-14 23:39:04

I'd go to A&E .

PenguinBear Sat 05-Apr-14 23:41:42

Get the shot sooner rather than later. Hope you're okay op smile

DramaAlpaca Sat 05-Apr-14 23:44:26

Go to A&E, but I'm sure you'll be OK to wait until tomorrow when it's quieter - it's Saturday night & it'll be bedlam in there.

Birdsighland Sat 05-Apr-14 23:44:29

Thanks. I'm fine 'cos it only happened this afternoon. I'll go tomorrow.

Megbeth Sun 06-Apr-14 03:22:13

Yes my husband did the same. I think a tetanus lasts 10 years so you will need a booster.

hoboken Sun 06-Apr-14 04:14:08

Did the same. The foot swelled up during the evening. I went to a walk-in centre. Was x rayed, the wound was cleaned and I was given a tetanus injection - my last had been 15 years previously. Excellent care - I did not wait long but it was not Saturday night.

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