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Can tetanus be contracted from minor cuts under the thumbnail?

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Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney


Practicing since :2007

Answered : 3613 Questions

Posted on Thu, 14 Feb 2019 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Hey doctor I cut my thumbnail where my nails at the top on a dirty ground which I have attached an image of they were only tiny cuts and I washed them with soap and water straight away but the cuts did bleed initially but it looks only like a minor cut. I attached an image of where I cut them as well but they are no longer bleeding what are the risks of things like tetanus etc I had the shots where I was younger at 4 and possibly at 14 years old too should I worry about it?
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 45 minutes later
Brief Answer:

No risk of tetanus or any other disease

Detailed Answer:


I have reviewed the attached photographs. There is no risk of tetanus or any other disease following this injury as it is very minor and inconspicuous. Don’t worry and relax.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Asmeet Kaur Sawhney, Dermatologist
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