Cut on hand meets hammer coral help.

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by Furbz, 9 Jan 2012.

  1. Furbz

    Furbz

    Joined:
    12 May 2008
    Posts:
    2,202
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Sandton
    hi Guys,

    as the header reads.. i was working in the garden in Saturday and put a screwdriver into my hand, not deep only around 1mm, but a fairly good puncture.

    on sunday my entire setup was purchased and moved out.
    due to this my hands were in the tank lots collcting rock etc. so i think the puncture wound softened and the scab fell off.

    i picked up a hammer coral and it swivelled and touched the small puncture wound.
    i immediately dropped the hammer as it felt exactly like a bee sting.

    i rinsed my hand in fresh water and then put vinegar over it to "clean it"

    over the period of the night the area has swollen lightly, is a bit red, and warm to the touch.
    so my guess is its infected.
    i've been advised to go see the doc and get an antibiotic.

    anyone else had a similiar experience?
    and is a visit really warranted?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    I would take an anti inflamitory and an anti histamine, but keep an eye on it and if it dose not come down in a few hours seek medical attention.
     
  4. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    14,544
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Gonubie East London
    mentioning that i am no doctor firstly but in most cases depending on individual reaction it can be very difficult to advise a person without knowing their allergy history,

    but the general rule of thumb (couldent resist) is to soak your hand in the warmest possible water you can bear.. the hotter the better to coagulate the poision (cook the protein) that has been injected to you.. in most cases in my experience only a painkiller (such as ponado) has been needed to ease pain..

    it is definatley sore and will swell as your body fights off any infection..

    but go see a doctor, it is the best advice.... even though it may be minor i never play with sea wounds i recieve or any from its creatures....
     
    Last edited: 9 Jan 2012
  5. Elrond

    Elrond

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    269
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Cape Town
    Furbz,

    Definitely go see a doctor. I went surfing once, knocked my knee on a rock lightly and what ensued afterwards wasn't fun. Antibiotics, knee operation etc, all because of a little tiny infection caused by something on the rock.

    I am sure you're fine but rather be safe and get it checked out :)
     
    leslie hempel likes this.
  6. Furbz

    Furbz Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 May 2008
    Posts:
    2,202
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Sandton
    thanks guys.
    yeah it kept me up last night a bit so i think i'll see the doc.
    will post back with what he says.

    dammit.
     
  7. Mewik

    Mewik

    Joined:
    29 Dec 2011
    Posts:
    376
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Melkbos, Cape Town
    Stung by Hammer Coral.... - UltimateReef.com Similar story here

    It should just go away by itself, if you were going to have a reaction it should have happened pretty quickly. I am allergic to most things and when I mess around with my hammer or elegance my hands sting like hell and swell up with spots like a stinging nettle. It doesn't hurt it just tingles a lot.

    I think gloves might be a good idea as there is a fair amount in our tanks that is known to kill humans after prolonged exposure.....I dont play with my gsp anymore lol.....but its so pretty :blush:
     
  8. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    sensible, hope he know about marine toxins
     
  9. Bob the (reef)builder

    Bob the (reef)builder

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    1,779
    Likes Received:
    32
    Location:
    Joburg
    I did the same with an Elegance after cutting my finger with a grinder(brilliant I know). Nearly went through the roof with that sting as it went into quite a long cut.

    Took three months before my finger went down to it's normal size.:p
     
  10. rakabos

    rakabos

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Yeah its gonna take a while. Got nailed on a cut by a ricordea. Almost a year later i still have a little scar and small amount of numbness so good luck. You should have sold it to me and not fragged it !!!
     
  11. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    I also accidentally fraged a sps with my hands during some tank maintenece, cuts also toke for ever to heal.
     
  12. Tremayn

    Tremayn

    Joined:
    21 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    5,226
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    Lenasia
    dont mess with these things. Doctor time!
     
  13. Furbz

    Furbz Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 May 2008
    Posts:
    2,202
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Sandton
    this is exactly what i'm experiencing

    "the same happened to me a couple of weeks ago with my torch coral
    i had 2 cuts on my knuckle and was repositioning the torch so i was holding if for about a minute and the polyps were drifting over my cuts i was thinking this salt waters stinging my cuts a bit more than usual or am i getting an electric shock from the water
    anyways i carried on with the torch buzzing at my fingers. it wasnt till i sat down after that my fingers started to throb and i can only compare it to when i trapped my fingers in my car door VERY painful
    anyway it throbbed cobstantly for about 2 hours and the cuts started weeping
    got up the next day and my fingers were stiff and swollen and later that day the back of my hand swelled up and the pain stiffness went into my wrist i thought i had got an infection
    after about 4 days of it getting no better i went to see my gp who didnt have a clue how to treat it as there was no info in the medical database for treating a torch coral sting so he gave me some antibiotics anyway fluxloxacillin of something like that
    this was about 3 weeks ago and i would say my hand and fingers have only just returned to normal at he end of last week
    so euphillias can sting more so on sensative skin and especially open wounds " - Ulimatereef

    my hand is not throbbing or weeping tho!
     
    Last edited: 9 Jan 2012
  14. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    27,988
    Likes Received:
    781
    Last edited: 9 Jan 2012
  15. Quintus

    Quintus the irish aXeman

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    389
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Vereeniging AH
    anti inflamatory and allergenic - SALLESTIMINE (+- Spelling, more for correct prenoucing) small light pink pill
     
  16. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    4 May 2007
    Posts:
    27,988
    Likes Received:
    781
    Celestamine.
     
  17. Quintus

    Quintus the irish aXeman

    Joined:
    11 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    389
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Vereeniging AH
    thanks, yes that is the correct spelling,
     
  18. Furbz

    Furbz Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 May 2008
    Posts:
    2,202
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    Sandton
    thanks!
    Will go get some, got a pharmacy right here at work. WIN

    So over the course of today my hand has started to hurt less and the swelling is coming down a little.
    its also looking less angry...
    so hold thumbs cos it seems to be getting better...
     
  19. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    I hate it when my hand looks anrgy.... :whistling:
     
  20. ziyaadb

    ziyaadb

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    5,566
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    JHB-Lenzz
    u lucky it was not a zoa or else it could have been bye bye Furbz
     
  21. CarlosF

    CarlosF

    Joined:
    11 Jun 2011
    Posts:
    956
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Centurion
    thats why i do it right from the start and where gloves and be save. the gloves are so cheap.
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - hand meets hammer Forum Date
Second Hand Tank Advice General Discussions and Advice 24 Aug 2016
hand held refractometer question Test Kits, Controllers, Reactors and Dosers 17 Aug 2016
A thought about selling second hand LED units The Sump 1 Jul 2016
2nd Hand Live Rock Beginner Discussions 25 Apr 2016
Frags as hand luggage General Discussions and Advice 16 Apr 2016
[wtd] Tunze 9004 secondhand Wanted 10 Mar 2016
Second hand tank cleaning Beginner Discussions 14 Dec 2015