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Can you contract tetanus from getting rust in an orifice? Or does it have to be a wound or puncture?


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replied July 1st, 2018
Bacterial Disorders Answer A64109
Hello and welcome,

I appreciate your concern,

Usually an open wound is required for the bacterial spores(if present in rust), to enter the body to cause tetanus.If a rusty thing come in contact with intact skin,it's not a threat,however for a mucosal surface, it's difficult to say whether it's completely intact or not,therefore if it was the case with one of my own patients,i would have suggested to go for a tetanus booster shot,to be extra safe.

I hope this is helpful,

Wishing you the best of health.


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