Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
126 Doctors are Online

Swam in salted swimming pool, have open wounds. Can tetanus survive in pool water and transfer to wound?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2009
Answered : 5141 Questions
Hi. I swam in salt water swimming pool 1 hour ago. I have open wounds (another accident 1 day before) and i noticed, swimming pool ladders are a bit rusty. At that time only the wife and I were in the pool . The pool water is constantly being renewed. My first question is, tetanus can survive in salty pool water and transfer to my wound? can infect in these conditions? Second question is, i remember vaccinated two or three times (in 2012 and 1 month ago) for tetanus. am I protected? Thank you for answer and your interest.
Posted Sat, 28 Sep 2013 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
You are protected.

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

From the information you have provided, you are currently well protected against tetanus. 4 Vaccinations against tetanus offers at least a 10years protection and 3vaccines provide at least 5years protection, too.

The germ that causes tetanus really hates oxygen. So it will be difficult for it to survive in a pool with high oxygen concentration. However, because you are completely protected, you need not worry about it any more.

I hope this addresses your query fully. Feel free to ask follow up questions for clarification. Thanks.
Dr. Ditah, MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Doctor Now

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor