Question by  DavidYoder (25)

How dangerous is stepping on a rusty nail?


Answer by  stphaniecostello87 (159)

The biggest danger of stepping on a rusty nail is Tetanus, which can be fatal. Other complications include infection or nerve damage.


Answer by  rube26105 (379)

Very dangerous, you casn get tennus, as a kid growing up in th 12950s, i never had any shoes because we was veery poo, so i was always stepping on a nail running it thru my feet, luckily i never got tetnus by some miracle, i dont see how though


Answer by  chandni (145)

A rusty nail is very dangerous when it comes in contact with human flesh after puncturing the skin. It increases the chances of causing a serious fatal condition called tetanus. Basically tetanus is caused by an organism called clostridium tetani, which resides in extremely contaminated environment. The rust in the nail facilitates activity of this deadly organism.

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yes, tetanus is a danger, but it is not caused by rust, or facilitated by it.  add a comment

Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

The greatest danger is contracting tetanus, which can be fatal. A more likely danger is pieces of iron breaking off in the wound, creating infection.


Answer by  jheremans (1446)

Stepping on rusty nail is very dangerous since you are very likely to have or develop lock jaw or tetanus which is a fatal disease that affects the brain and can lead to muscle paralysis which leads to lung failure. When this happens you would not be able to breath causing your death.


Answer by  bitchstewie (489)

Stepping on a rusty nail can be very dangerous if untreated. A rusty nail could contain tetnus which could result in a serious infection. If this happens you should go to a doctor to get a tetnus shot.


Answer by  nickl2000 (540)

If you have had a tetanus recently (in the last 5 years) the only danger is infection. If not, then you need to get the shot.


Answer by  diva25 (4016)

I would imagine that that can't be all that safe. If you have done so you should probably go see a doctor if you have any kind of skin breakage, to ensure that there is nothing wrong with your foot. They will know best since they are trained in what to look for.


Answer by  Anonymous

get it looked at, especially if you are diabetic

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