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Terry Rawkins

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Why are small scratches less of a problem now?
« on: 13/10/2009 12:30:03 »
Terry Rawkins asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello and thanks for your great show.

Question.

On TV programmes such as Casualty 1909, and the one about the discovery of penicillin it was said that even a small scratch could cause big problems, even death.

So what is different today? I get many scratches when in the garden, Hawthorn and Blackthorn but still I survive.

My guess is that we are able to clean ourselves better / more often but
do we have a residual level of antibiotics in us.

What do you think?

Terry Rawkins
Isle of Wight

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Why are small scratches less of a problem now?
« Reply #1 on: 13/10/2009 13:31:41 »
Yeah most scratches will heal up fine, but on the odd chance that you scratched yourself and it became badly infected and the infection spread through your body, at some point you'd go to a doctor, they'd prescribe some penicillin and then you'll get better, but beforehand there was not this option
 

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Why are small scratches less of a problem now?
« Reply #2 on: 14/10/2009 14:48:49 »
vaccines!

ie Tetanus etc..
 

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