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Had small skin peel. For how long tetanus toxide works? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 09-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good Afternoon
User:hello doctor
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:i wanted to ask.. for how long tetanus toxide works
User:i had a shot in sep-2009
User:one in 2007
User:i have a small skin peel, on toe (very small)
User:from scooter stand
Doctor:Tetanus toxoid need a booster injection every 5 years.
User:do i need another one
User:wats the diff between ATS and TT
Doctor:No. Since it was taken around 3 and half years back, you do not need another shot now.
User:i dont know in 2009 / 2007 I got which
User:ats or tt..
Doctor:Ok. In case you are in doubt, you can take it again now. There is no harm in having a booster dose.
Doctor:TT is tetanus toxoid.
Doctor:ATS is anti tetanus serum
User:why doctors ask have you had TT in last 1 year..and insist to go for it
Doctor:ATS is given only when there is a wound which is massively dirty.
User:oh ok
User:though its 5 yrs
User:otherwise TT
Doctor:ATS works only for that time.
Doctor:It contains the antibodies to fight against an organism named as Clostridium tetani.
User:so common practice is to give TT
Doctor:But toxoid does not have the antibodies.
User:unless deep & dirty wound
Doctor:TT is given to start production of antibody within the body.
User:i am ot sure when i got ATS :)
Doctor:Don't worry.
Doctor:You can follow this suggestion
User:i'll skip for this time
Doctor:In case you are not sure you have taken TT within the last 5 years, you can go for a TT shot.
User:Thanks Doctor :)
Doctor:Since you are having only a small skin peel, do not worry.
Doctor:Just wash it with soap and water.
User:thats wat i did :)
Doctor:Apply an antiseptic solution or ointment such as betadine.
Doctor:Great, you have done the right thing.
User:Thanks for your advice and inputs..bye :)
Doctor:Thanks for asking me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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