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How is tetanus related to skin injuries?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
When you suffer from a skin injury, a doctor may advise that you get a tetanus shot. Tetanus is a sometimes fatal disease that is caused by bacteria. It is generally contracted when tetanus spores make their way into an open wound. Because tetanus treatments are not always effective, it is important to get a tetanus shot before or after receiving a skin injury.

Be sure you have cleaned a skin injury properly using water and removing all debris. If a skin injury is difficult to close, make sure you get stitches as soon as possible to avoid tetanus and infection.

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