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Rusted iron nails are tetanus, right? What if you were wounded with a rusted iron nail then you were directed to boil the rusted iron nail and drink it, what would be the effect of it?
The tetanus bacterium is found widely in the environment. It is not a
necessary part of rusty nails, but these may have enough crud on them
to be likely carriers of it. However, other puncture wounds can also
give you tetanus. The best way to avoid tetanus is to get regular
vaccines- at least once every ten years once you're an adult, more
earlier. There are some ather treatments for possible tetanus infection
that can be started after getting a puncture, but according to the Web
sites I've seen (last week when my son cut his foot outdoors) they
aren't as effective.
As for boiling the nail and drinking the water, that sounds like a
dangerous waste of time when prompt real treatment is needed.
(republished on 07/17/06)
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