What diseases can you get from cutting yourself with a rusty knife?
This is a question from a growing nurse. I've always wondered if you really can get a disease from a rusty knife or any rust and what kind of diseases you can get.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
staph aureus and staph epidermidis are commonly found on the skin and are responsible for
most infected wounds. methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) is becoming a serious
problem. tetanus (clostridium tetani) is also a possibility but is usually not a problem with superficial
cuts that bleed a lot. infected wounds not treated properly can become gangrenous (clostridium
perfringens). clostridium bacteria are anaerobic which means that require a lack of oxygen to
grow. poor circulation or elevating an infected foot may lead to gangrene due to the lack of oxygen
in the infected area. if a person touches the cut with unclean hands, e. coli could infect the wound.Source(s): Pharmacist
- Weise EnteLv 71 decade ago
Rust itself is harmless. It is usually a decent indicator that the metal object is not clean. It's the dirt that can be a problem
The most serious problems would be Staph. which live normally on your skin but can cause disease if given a point of entry.
If the knife has soil on it there could be tetanus spores. A deep enough wound would allow these to germinate and cause tetanus.
- 1 decade ago
1 GO SEE A DOC NOW!!!! 2 tetanus a flesh eating diseases all kinds of bad stuff!
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- LINDA RLv 71 decade ago
Tetanus and staph infection are 2 possibilities.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Flesh eating Strep
- bigred8882Lv 41 decade ago
- GibsonEssGeeLv 71 decade ago
Tetanus is a favourite.