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Walking Barefoot? Make Sure You've Had a Tetanus Shot

Walking Barefoot? Make Sure You've Had a Tetanus Shot

Nothing beats walking barefoot in the grass — it's the definition of Summer. Most of the time your feet make contact soft, warm, clean grass and soil, but not all the time. A cut or puncture from some sharp object can be extremely painful, but contracting Tetanus from your wound is much worse. Getting pricked by a rusty nail, as most people think, isn't the only way to get this infectious disease. It's happens when a wound becomes infected by bacterial spores that live in soil, dust, and animal waste. That means insect bites, splinters, scrapes, burns, and yes, stepping on a rusty nail are all ways you can get tetanus. The disease causes severe, uncontrollable muscle spasms. The jaw can become locked by muscle spasms, causing this disease to sometimes be called lockjaw. In severe cases, the muscles used to breathe can spasm, causing lack of oxygen to the brain, which can lead to death.

Tetanus is easily prevented though, by arming yourself with a tetanus shot. After you receive the initial series of shots when you're a kid, an adult should get a tetanus shot every 10 years. Are you protected? If you can't remember how many years it's been since you've had this shot, call your doctor.

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kia kia 6 years
I love being barefoot. I just have to keep up on my foot maintenance so my feet don't look dirty and callused. I had a past soccer coach that always used to get on me for being barefoot because of ringworm fungus. She was convinced I was going to get it. Where I live there are actually a number of barefoot running enthusiasts as well.
Retro23 Retro23 6 years
A family friend was walking barefoot on a local beach and had to pull a SYRINGE out of her foot! It wasn't a bad part of town, but still not a "tourist" beach. She had to get a bunch of tests, most importantly HIV. Scary stuff!
ameliawesome ameliawesome 6 years
i never wear shoes unless i'm going somewhere that requires them, or in the winter when the ground is too cold.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I don't like walking around barefoot, either. Number one, I have ugly toes and number two, I don't want to accidentally step in dog crap. I do have my tetanus booster up to date, though.
PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
I don't like walking barefoot often.
subinps subinps 6 years
hei..nice work..thanks4ur info
ElleJay ElleJay 6 years
I will NEVER walk barefoot in the grass ever... I've stepped on 1 too many bees doing that!!! Bad idea.
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