Can you still get tetanus after being cut by non-rusty barbed wire?

I was doing yard work (mostly push mowing my yard) and cut the top of my hand on some sort of new barbed wire when I was mowing along my fence line.

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  • 2 months ago

    it is very unlikely. Just wash it with soap and water. 

  • kelvin
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    no..................

  • 3 months ago

    just wash your hand and clean your cut and you should be fine.

  • Edna
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The tetanus bacteria lives in contaminated soil and is usually found only on old metal objects that have been covered for years in contaminated soil 

     

     You were probably vaccinated against tetanus while you were a very young child. It would be almost impossible for you to  be infected with tetanus by cutting your hand on a piece of new, non-rusty barbed  fence wire, even if you hadn't been vaccinated.  Tetanus isn't found on metal objects that haven't  been covered  for years in contaminated soil.

    If you're worried about ti, you can ask your doctor to give you a tetanus booster shot.  It can't hurt anything, but it will probably put your mind at ease.  .  .

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Probably not, but if you haven't had a tetanus shot in 10 years It's time for a booster anyway.

  • 3 months ago

    Yes.  The rust is not the issue,   tetanus is caused by a bacteria and it can be on anything.   The fact you were doing yard work is a bigger factor.    If you have not had a tetanus shot in five years you probably should get one.  

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    i would hope not, get a tetanus shot if youre worried about it

  • 3 months ago

    The easiest way to get tetanus is from a deep puncture wound.  The 'rusty nail' is famous because if you step on it, it penetrates your foot an inch or two.  You pull it out but a lot of dirt is left behind, and it gets sealed in there as the wound closes above it.  But the nail doesn't have to be rusty!  Just dirty.

    If the wound is shallow, like a deep scrape, you're less likely to get an infection because you can wash it out.  In fact if it bleeds, the blood washes it out (some).  Wounds that are deep and narrow and don't bleed, that's what you worry about.

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