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Tetanus immunoglobulin post a deep cut on the hand - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I cut my hand on a nail in my room. It was NOT rusty, and I had a tetanus shot in 03, 04 or 05--I can't remember the exact year. The cut was deep but I cleaned it well, it is not infected and is healing fine. Do I need to do anything more? Thank you!
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr. XXX
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read it
User :   Thanks
Doctor :   What is 03 04 and 05
User :   2003, 2004 or 2005. I can't remember the exact year
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   You have to take a pain killer
User :   I'm not worried about pain, only the possibility of tetanus
User :   The cut is fine--doesn't hurt at all
Doctor :   The possibility is less
Doctor :   You just need a pain killer
Doctor :   A tetanus immunoglobulin should be good
Doctor :   to be on safe side
User :   Okay... but I'd rather not have another shot unless absolutely necessary.
User :   Aren't shots good for 7-10 years?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   That is why you do not need
Doctor :   a Tetanus vaccine
Doctor :   but an Immunoglobulin
User :   Oh... it's just a booster, then?
Doctor :   That is only on safe side
Doctor :   Otherwise fine with some pain killer
Doctor :   I hope you did not bleed
User :   I see... to be safe get the immunoglubulin, or don't worry about it. Are there any symptoms of tetanus, early symptoms that I should watch for...
User :   Um, I did bleed quite a bit, actually.
User :   It was a deep cut.
Doctor :   Hmm.. then I recommend a Immunoglobulin
User :   Great--but not the vaccine. That makes me feel better--I don't want another one of those.
Doctor :   right
User :   What exactly is an immunoglobulin? Is it like a vaccine, though?
Doctor :   It is killer of tetanus bacterium if they have entered
Doctor :   vaccine is for prevention
User :   I see... and the vaccine lasts a while, but the immunoglobulin kills the bacteria. Does the immunoglobulin have the tetanus bacteria in it--like a vaccine does? Also, is it a shot, or pill?
Doctor :   it is a shot
Doctor :   It has antibodies against the bacterium
User :   Hmmm... okay. That helps a lot. Thank you.
Doctor :   Anythinge esle I can help you with?
User :   Nope... that's good advice. Thanks.
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