Tetanus is Caused by Stepping on a Rusty Nail


TETANUS IS CAUSED BY STEPPING
ON A RUSTY NAIL

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The old wives tale that stepping on a rusty nail will cause tetanus actually refers to any activity where rust will enter the body. This could include consuming food from a pot that has gone a little bit rusty. Although these activities are not recommended by any means, these are only half-truths and by the same token, should not be taken for nothing.

Tetanus is caused by a type of bacteria called Clostridium tetani. This bacteria is transmitted through wounds on the skin, such as the type you would receive if you had just stepped on a nail. However, it is not the rust on the nail or other item such as a pot that causes the infection. It is actually whatever dirt may be hanging on to the item. If the dirt has within it tetanus pathogen, then the bacteria can enter the body’s system. Just like all other bacteria, it is visible to the naked eye so even though the item may appear clean, the bacteria could still be present and be put into the system. The bacteria needs a moist environment to be able to live so it’s important to watch out for these areas especially.

It’s also important to keep a special eye on wounds that have been covered with skin before the complete healing took place. This also makes it a very good environment for a tetanus infection to grow. Although today there is a tetanus vaccination available, along with a booster shot every few years, there was no such thing back in the day and tetanus was actually quite fatal.



Tetanus is Caused by Stepping on a Rusty Nail

Tetanus is Caused by Stepping on a Rusty Nail

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