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What Should Be Done After Accidental Pricking By A Safety Pin?

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Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Question: I was at a fair and I pricked my finger on a safety pin looking at rings. It was a very tiny prick and barely bled at all.... Am I at risk for any type of disease/infection?
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (54 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
There is a rare risk of tetanus especially if the pin was rusted or soiled

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing in to us.

A prick due to a safety pin which did not bleed is unlikely to cause any serious disease or infection.

However it is suggested that you wash the finger and apply an antiseptic cream and preferably cover it with a band aid if it hurts.

As a routine practice, it is suggested to get a tetanus shot after any pin prick injury if you are not immunized against tetanus. The risk of tetanus is present especially if the pin was rusted or contaminated with soil. If you have taken a tetanus shot within the past 5 years then there is no need of the shot.

Hope your query is answered.
Please do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Vivek Chail (29 minutes later)
It did bleed a scant amount a few secs after... i have had a tetanus shot in 2012. I am concened about HIV and/or Hapatitis. Am i at risk for either of thiose? Thank you!
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
In usual circumstances a pin is unlikely to harbor HIV, hepatitis infection

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing back with an update.

If you have had a tetanus shot in 2012 then you are protected.

About your concern on HIV and Hepatitis B or C, a risk is there if the object piercing was contaminated with blood of fluids from an infected person having the conditions. To me it appears that in a fair, it is less likely to get in touch with a safety pin which was contaminated before the prick.

HIV is a fragile virus and dies within seconds to minutes on exposure to air.

A pin tip has a small area and therefore it is difficult to thick that the safety pin in a fair is contaminated with HIV or Hepatitis B or C unless it is an intentional act.

Hope your query is answered.
Please do write back if you have any doubts.

Regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Should Be Done After Accidental Pricking By A Safety Pin?

Brief Answer: There is a rare risk of tetanus especially if the pin was rusted or soiled Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing in to us. A prick due to a safety pin which did not bleed is unlikely to cause any serious disease or infection. However it is suggested that you wash the finger and apply an antiseptic cream and preferably cover it with a band aid if it hurts. As a routine practice, it is suggested to get a tetanus shot after any pin prick injury if you are not immunized against tetanus. The risk of tetanus is present especially if the pin was rusted or contaminated with soil. If you have taken a tetanus shot within the past 5 years then there is no need of the shot. Hope your query is answered. Please do write back if you have any doubts. Regards,