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.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    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.

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  • 3 years ago

    Rusty Knife

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  • 1 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.

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  • 1 decade ago

    1 GO SEE A DOC NOW!!!! 2 tetanus a flesh eating diseases all kinds of bad stuff!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Tetanus and staph infection are 2 possibilities.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hepatitis

    Tetanus

    Flesh eating Strep

    Death

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  • 1 decade ago

    Tetnis?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Tetanus is a favourite.

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