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COULD THIS BE LOCKJAW IF i DONT GO TO EMERGENCY ROOM AND GET

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COULD THIS BE LOCKJAW IF i DON'T GO TO EMERGENCY ROOM AND GET A LOCKJAW SHOT?
I don' t remember if I had one within the last several years?
I just pinched my left skin between my thumb and adjacent finger. It starrted bleeding-but seemed to stop. I just washed it with hot water and put BACITRACIN ANTIBIOTIC ON IT.
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Hi there,
I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to help you with your concerns.

Lock jaw is unlikely if you just pinched yourself which resulted in bleeding.
The risk of lock jaw is there, if the wound is dirty, for example fall in the streets or cut from rustic equipments.
Since the wound in your case is considered clean wound, the risk of lock jaw is not there.
You can get the tetanus shot anytime by next week ( or 72 hours).

Best wishes,
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