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 Should I go to hospital?
About 3 days ago I hit the back of my head off a windowsill because I thought my pillow was behind me. Instead I whacked my head off it really hard. After 5 minutes I felt a little shaky and a small ...

 Why do my ankles keep going?
Every time I go out, I end up twisting/spraining my ankles. I know it's not down to my shoes cos I wear comfrtable shoes (trainers) and never wear high heels. Please help!...

 Mysterious Bump...please help diagnose!?
I got a bump on my hand the other day and I don't know what it's from. I remember putting lotion on my hands and it was not there and then two hours later my mom pointed it out so it came ...

 If you drink a cup of bleach how long would it take you die?

 Please Help!?
I was wondering if ne1 could help me.... I went camping this weekend and got a bug bite on the top of my hand. Ever since, the finger where it was bitten is numb and the middle of the inside of my ...

 Is my finger broken?
is my finger broken, because i slammed it in the bathroom door, and i cant feel it. and i cant get it checked because we dont have medical coverage. what can i do?...

 My dad hit his head really really hard URGENT HELP?
my dad just hit the back of his head really hard on the cement, he lost his balance . he comes in for a drink and tells my mom and i " if u heard a really loud smack againstt he pavment it was ...

 How to i get my bruise to heal quicker?
i have a huuuuuuuge bruise on the inside of my leg, every time i look at it its got worse, i bruise easily anyways but this has gotta be the worst ive had. Ive read otha posts bout puting arnica ...

 Im in 12th grade and still pick my nose.?
I know it sounds wierd but i cant stop. the grossest part is i eat it too!!! I just cant help it!!! PLEASE HELP...

 How is this fair...(hospital bill/no insurance)?
About a month ago, my husband went to the E.R. because while he was at work (he's a mechanic), a tiny piece of metal went into his eye. Unfortunately we don't have health insurance, so we ...

 Is it gonna Form a SCAR??
On Saturday, I tripped and fell on a sidewalk; I scarped both hands (palms). On my left hand, it's badly damaged and has a thin sliver that's pretty deep for a cut. It looks like a knife ...

 I got my ears pierced a week ago and now they're infected. What will make it heal faster?
I got my ears pierced a week ago and i was cleaning them like usual. then one day one of my earrings fell out and we couldn't get it back in. My ear is red and puffy and it has bumps on it, on ...

 How can i solve my helth problume?

 How do i walk outside all by my big girl self?!?
i am a kid and cant walk because my butt ...

 I fell in a pile of grave and now i think i have kidney stones.?
I recently fell into a pile of gravel and had gravel embedded in my hand. Now the gravel is gone from my hand and i think i have kidney stones. Was this due to my fall into the gravel?

 How can I get rid of wrist and arm razor marks without waiting for a 3 days?

 I got my tongue stuck to a pole?
OKay...two days ago, I was with some friends, and I got my tongue stuck to a flag pole...NOw it feels like when you burn your tongue on something really hot (coffee, tea, hot cocoa, etc) and I can...

 Why do people get bloody noses?

 Does this look bad?
Does this look bad enough to go to the hospital for stitches? I cleaned it up really good with water, soap and some other things and got it really clean, and covered up right now. So should I go?

 I have a serious burn...?
hi i have a bad burn on my arm, i was baking cookies with my freind, and i got burned by the hot cookie pan
it was brown and puffy and then when i went to sleep and woke up the next morning it ...

I cut my finger on a can lid, what are the signs of lockjaw and how long should I worry?
It was a freshly cut open can of dog food. The cut was deep. I did not go to the doctor, thus no stitches.

you can get lockjaw from a cut??

go to www.webmd.com

it helps me out a lot!

lockjaw? I never heard of that but im going to google it because im curious.

The "Axeman" cometh
lockjaw comes from eating or drinking off of dirty dishes that have the bacteria on it that gives you lockjaw, if you cleaned your wound good and put anti-biotic ointment on it and keep it clean and covered till it heals, you will be fine.and don't even think of lockjaw.

Lockjaw?? I would be more concerned with losing my finger than lockjaw.... Go to the ER - you at least need a tetanus shot and do get that finger cleaned out. you may need stitches but don't chance it! Your finger can get very infected!

youll be ok....quit worrying!

I actualy had this happen to me. I had cut my finger with a butcher knife then a week after it had healed i cut myself with a can lid. The cut was deep, but the doctors at the ER said there was nothing they could do to it. So all I did was make sure my thumb was taped to my pointer finger so that the cut didn't open. If it is still bleeding I would get it checked out also if you'r tetnis is not up to date you will need to get it done.

If you are up to date on your tetnus immunization don't worry about lockjaw...however, I'd be more concerned with the dog food getting into the cut. Call you doctor and ask the phone nurse what to do. Good luck:)

2-14 days.

When did you last have a tetanus shot? If it's been 10 years, then it's time for another and you should just call your clinic and ask for one. They often can give it to you without an office call.

While it is unlikely that you will get tetanus, I would remind other posters that you can get tetanus even from surgery. That is why they always ask when you last had a vaccination.

If the lid was new, there's little chance of tetanus. I had the exact same thing happen last year while packing trash to put out. I cleaned the wound with betadine and sealed the cut with crazy glue. It healed beautifully.

If your tetanus is current, you should be fine as long as you performed basic first aid ie. cleaned the wound, applied pressure to control the bleeding, applied clean bandage, and changed the bandage 3-4 times per day. If your tetanus is overdue, get to the doctor ASAP.

I do that all the time. I'm clumsy. But just clean it out use alcohol rubbing alcohol it'll close itself up just keep the wound clean and bandaged. I don't get stitches either and it scars but it'll be alright

Bob M
go get a tetnis shot. they are usually free. signs are that the muscles tend to seize up and get stiff...don't fool with it, just do it and wash out the cut,,then tincture of methiolate. what you want to be concerned about is bacteria from rat/mouse feces on the inner lip of the can. if it came from a sealed carton prob ok, but why take a chance. also depends on the size of cut. had this happen to me in 1941, stepped on a nail..

Well first off I would go to the doctor. But the thing is, there havent really been any cases of lockjaw in quite a few years from a can. People use to get it all the time because the cans were made out of led. Now they are made out of aluminum and tin, sometimes Zinc. You really have nothing to worry about besides bleeding all over the place.

it's rust you have to be careful of... you will probably not have any ill effects .. other than the slice of course.

You should be fine. Unless you feel numbness in your finger, or it turns black and dark blue; then you should be fine.


Stop trying to self diagnos. If it's that deep then maybe you SHOULD get stitches. If not run some water and peroxide on it and call it a day.


Symptoms may include:
– Headache
– Stiffness of the jaw (lockjaw)
– Severe muscle spasms
– Sweating
– Fever
– Stiffness of abdominal muscles
– Difficulty swallowing
• Lockjaw is one of the most dangerous symptoms because it can lead to death by suffocation
• Symptoms usually begin about 8 days after infection, but may range in onset from 3 days to 3 weeks


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