Stung by a sea urchin.

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  1. Daphne Annandale

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    Hi,
    Busy cleaning out tanks and doing water changes, accidently got stung by the sea urchin. Shot out what looks like a million little spikes in my skin but what I would like to know is this poisinous and what to expect. Have removed all the spikes I can see at least and washed it with vineger, experiancing muscle spasm's right now and a burning sensation. Is being bit by one of these, serious enough to see a doctor or can I just go about my business? thanks for any advise in advance.
     
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  3. K_ONE

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    What kind of sea urchin?

    Picture will help if you don't know the species.


    I'm sure you will be fine with the procedure you have followed.
    Seek medical advice if you feel it is necessary.
     
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    A purple one.
     
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    I would go see a Dr especially since you mention Muscle Spasm...rather safe than sorry...
    http://scuba.about.com/od/aquaticlifetoavoid/p/SeaUrchins.htm
     
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    How many spines did get stuck, a million sounds like it was something other than a sea urchin. Sea urchin will normally only loose a couple and are normally easily to see/remove.
     
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    :eek: Go to the Doc now!
     
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    Lovley that little insert there belindamotion, Lol! Makes me feel just wonderful.....and here we trying to help the buggers and keep them clean. Lol! go figure.
     
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    If it was by one like this then see a doctor ASAP:

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    If it was one of these then don't worry too much unless it gets infected:

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    Reply to 459b. thanks for this but it shot out so many of them, still removing a few now with a bank card..Never saw the urchin bite me, just could feel the pain and that urchin was the only thing by my arm when I looked. Never saw him there to begin with so yes I can not be sure, exactly how many but can tell you it is way more then 20. looks like I put my arm into cactuses
     
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    Are the spines stuck in your arm short, clear and packed closely together?
     
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    hee hee...you sure it was the sea urchin...? like 459b said....million's diesn't sound like the sea urchin...are you sure it wasn't viper357 's bristleworm..:p (.....:005:)
    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=24686
     
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    Photo would be very useful. I've seen LFS import those bloody flower urchins often. They're VERY venomous and really shouldn't be imported.
     
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    ..:eek:....so it's definately the sea urchin..:eek:
     
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    Daphne,
    Are the "spikes"that you are removing colorless? It might be that you actually touched a bristleworm??
    That tends to feel like being thrown into a cactus, and you can feel numbness??
    Just guessing
     
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    If it's a flower urchin then all you need to do is brush it and you'll get stung. They're not like other urchins...it's the pedicellaria not the spines that are the problem. Sounds much like you're describing.
     
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    Ok here is the photo of the actual urchin that stung Daphne.

    sea%20urchin.jpg
     
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    Phew ok...don't worry. Those are harmless. It was probably a bristleworm then.
     
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    Yip, had the same the one long spine urchin I had in my tank.
    Forgot about it and started to feel ill.
    First thought it was sun stroke, then food poisoning and then remember the urchin that stung me.
    The sting is equivalent to a bee sting.
     
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    Daphne see post #12 and see if those pic's of the bristleworm stings looks like your's...?
     
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