So, my son got a shell stuck in his foot. We couldn't get it out, and neither could his doctor. The area did get infected, and increasingly so, within the first 24 hours it was in there. We did give ds a few doses of antibiotics (SO HARD...first time ANY of my kids have EVER had them), and I used a strong Epsom salt soak. I also kept it wrapped with prid salve. The next morning, I thought I maybe could see just the tip of whatever it was, and the infection was gone. We went to a podiatrist, who was able to get it out with lidocaine. It was about 2-3 mm deep. It was in his foot from Monday evening to Wednesday morning. It was red and spreading for about 15 hours.
Is this a tetanus risk?
His doctor didn't say anything about it until I asked, and then said yes, he would need a tetanus shot. I said, "I understand there are two he would need?" and the doctor agreed. Keep in mind this is a guy with 6 kids who selectively vaccinates them...he's not a typical vax pushy doc. Anyway, he also said that the surgeon would take care of it. But, the podiatrist didn't, and didn't even ask.
So, I called the doctor back who said yes, he did need the tetanus vax. I asked about the TiG, but didn't really get an answer. I asked three times, and only got back, over and over, "Yes, he needs the tetanus vax." I could get just tetanus at the health dept.
But, no one is really answering my question, which is, "Is this REALLY a RIGHT NOW tetanus risk?" Do I need to track down the TiG, or not?