Tetanus is an infection caused due to Clostridium tetani. There are four vaccines available to protect us from tetanus. They are diphtheria and tetanus vaccine (Dt), diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccination (DtaP), tetanus and diphtheria vaccination (Td), and tetanus, pertussis, and diphtheria vaccination (Tdap). Children below seven years get DtaP or Dt vaccination while older peoples get Tdap and Td vaccination.
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Is tetanus injection necessary despite DPT vaccine?
Query: Hi doctor, My daughter aged 6 years got a cut and scratch in her body while playing in a new cementing wall from a piece of old and unused iron four days ago. Does she require any toxoid injection? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concerns. Since you are sure that the scratch is from an old iron piece, I think you should give tetanus injection to the child. I hope this will help you. Read Full »
What should I do to heal my wound?
Query: Hi doctor,I am a pharmacist. I am having a deep wound in my foot. Currently, I am taking Taxim-O CV 325, Lyser D and Vitamin A to Z. I am dressing the wound with Betadine and T-Bact ointment. What else should I do? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You did not mention that how you acquired that wound. Continue the medications. First of all, I will suggest you to take a proper diet as nutrition is very important in rapid wound healing. Take more proteins in your diet like pulses and dairy products and avoi... Read Full »
Is it a must to report to hospital immediately after a dog bite?
Query: Hi doctor, A dog bit me hard in my leg. I had a lot of blood flowing from my wound. I cleaned the wound with disinfectant for 20 minutes. Now the blood flow has stopped. I have done preexposure prophylaxis before three months for safety. Do I have to go to the hospital immediately? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should go to the hospital soon and begin post-exposure prophylaxis as early as possible. It is better to have rabies immunoglobulin injection soon. You should clean the wound with soap and water. Get a dressing from the doctor with a Betadine solution (Povidone-Iodi... Read Full »
I got dog bite and so I got a Rabipure vaccine and TT at the hip area. Do I require booster vaccination every year?
Query: Hello doctor, I got dog bite before 17 days, and the wounds are categorized as a category -II. Within an hour, I got a Rabipure vaccine and TT at the hip area. However, the next day morning, one more dose of Rabivax has been given in the shoulder and continued the schedule from the second day. My d... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, there is no problem in injecting two dosages within 24 hours. Usually, the first, two shots are given after one another. Apart from that Tetanus toxoid is must that you have taken. It is not the case that the vaccine is ineffective. This is the usual protocol th... Read Full »
My hands are swollen and numb after a dog bite. Is there a possibility that I could have got exposed to rabies or tetanus?
Query: Hi doctor, I got a dog bite two days ago from my work place. No pets are allowed to go there unless vaccinated. My hand where I was bitten does not hurt much unless pressed, and it becomes swollen and has mild numbness. However, I am worried about possibly being exposed to rabies or tetanus. Please ... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, Kindly confirm the vaccination status of the dog. If the dog's vaccination status is not confronted, I advise you to get vaccinated with rabies at 0, 3, 7, 14, and 28 days after exposure.Tetanus toxoid injection is also advisable. Also, you sh... Read Full »
A stray dog's leg touched my foot. Should I be concerned?
Query: Hi doctor, My query is related to the necessity of rabies vaccine for me. I am a 27 year old healthy male. I am a student, staying in the large campus of my institute. This campus is filled with stray dogs and many other types of animals. People caressing those dogs is a very common scene here. One... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your apprehension. As it is already one week since you had the dog touch your feet and there was no bleed or break of skin as such. No vaccination is required now. You should have thoroughly cleaned the region immediately after the dog had touched your leg.... Read Full »
Should I get a tetanus shot for infection caused by rusty earring?
Query: Hi doctor, I accidently wore a rusty earring. My ear is little sore but does not seem to be infected. Should I get a tetanus shot? Please advise. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The infection of ear may be minor but for full protection you should take a booster dose of tetanus toxoid if you have not taken it in last ten years. It is recommended that you take a booster dose of tetanus once in every ten years. So, if you have not taken any then... Read Full »
I took the tetanus vaccine last week for a minor cut. Do I need to repeat it for an accidental needle prick today
Query: Hi doctor, I have taken tetanus vaccine (Adsorbed) I.P. due to a cut by a steel object last week. However, there was no bleeding. Today I had a needle prick on my left thigh while trying to sew one button of my pant, but there was no bleeding. It is just a small prick. So, I have two questions, 1) D... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have gone through the image you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). So my answers to your question are as follows: 1. Answer to your first question is, at present no need to take another tetanus injection ... Read Full »
Do I need another tetanus shot now if I had one last year?
Query: Hello doctor, I had a tetanus shot last year around June. I had another minor mishap on the road with a small injury (cleaned with antiseptic). Do I need another tetanus shot now? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The last year's dose is not going to give you any protection now. If any one of the following has happened during the injury, you will need tetanus followup: Injury due to any rusted metallic object. Abrasion due to contact with the ground or the road. Contact w... Read Full »
My last tetanus shot was 20 years ago. Should I get one now?
Query: Hello doctor, I will be traveling abroad in two and a half weeks for a 10-day visit. It has suddenly dawned on me that my last tetanus shot was 20 years ago.Online I have read I should have had a booster but four to six weeks before the trip. Should I get one or am I good for now? I am a cancer sur... Read Full »
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand all your concerns. Tetanus toxoid (TT) has a great role in preventing serious tetanus infection which could occur anywhere and anytime. Moreover, the TT is a weak toxoid with little adverse effects on our bodies. A booster dose is required for all the p... Read Full »