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Jumped A Fence And Cut My Leg

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
me and my friends jumped a fence and my pants cut a little and I cut my leg. the cut is only about a centimetre and it's a circle. it's pretty deep though. and the fence was really really rusty. it's on my upper leg and it's started darkening around the edges of the cut. and my leg has been shaking. and on the walk back home the like muscles ( I think ) near the cut and down my leg were hurting really bad , my friends had to practically carry me most of the way. I'm almost 13 and female. my friend ryan said something about " tetnus poison " but I'm not sure what he meant. I can't tell my dad because he'd be super mad that 1 - I was trespassing 2- I was with 3 older males and 3- I got hurt while doing it. what could be wrong with my leg? and how could I fix it WITHOUT telling my parents?
Signed: Jumped A Fence And Cut My Leg

Dear Jumped A Fence And Cut My Leg,


TeenHealthFX appreciates that your father might be angry with your actions, but we feel pretty certain that he would be a lot more upset at the idea of your having something medically wrong with you that you are ignoring out of fear of getting into trouble. There is only one you and you only have one body – it is not worth jeopardizing your health because it means you will have to face the consequences with your parents of some maybe not-so-great decisions you made with some friends. Your health is just more important!

You need to tell your father you got a cut on your leg, that the skin around the cut is changing in color, and that you are noticing a shaking in your leg since you got this cut. You NEED to be seen by a medical professional who can examine the wound, evaluate your symptoms, and provide any necessary medical treatment. There are many kinds of bacterial infections, including tetanus (more information is listed below), that can cause serious problems so you need to see your doctor RIGHT AWAY given the source of your cut, the skin discoloration and the shakiness in your leg. 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.


About tetanus:

Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease caused by a toxin that can cause stiffness of the jaw muscles and other muscles. Tetanus can cause severe muscle spasms, make breathing difficult and can threaten your life. Spores of the tetanus bacteria, Clostridium tetani, are usually found in soil, but can exist virtually anywhere. If these spores enter a wound, the bacteria can produce a toxin that can interfere with the nerves controlling your muscles.

Symptoms of tetanus may include:

·         Spasms of your jaw, neck, and other muscles

·         Stiffness of your jaw, neck and other muscles

·         Difficulty breathing

·         Fever

·         Muscular irritability

When to see you your doctor:

See your doctor to get a tetanus booster shot if you have a deep or dirty wound and you haven’t had a booster short within the past five years (or aren’t sure of your vaccination status).

Signed: TeenHealthFX