Zoas poisened me !!!

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  1. Tattoomarius

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    I got a few Zoa frags today. I was busy with them for about half an hour finding that perfect spot for each of them. About 10 minutes after I was done, my whole hand, then arm and finally my face started "tingling" . My whole body went cold, but I was soaked with sweat dripping down. i had to just sit/lay down for a while as my head was also spinning. It lasted about an hour. Later this evening I was all good to go again.

    Im sure the Zoas must have given of some toxins or just a chemical that didn't agree with my body.......

    Any educated opinions on this would really be valuable for the future pls.
     
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  3. viper357

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    Zoa's are highly poisonous, google palytoxin ;)
     
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  5. Bflynn

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    Ive been effected myself with Palythoas. The experience lasted about 3 hours.
     
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    you got high on zoas... just kidding of course.. its very important to protect your eyes when fraging them because if they squirt some water in your eyes it can cause permanent blindness .. dangerous stuff this zoas
     
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    Palytoxin found in zoas is one of the most toxic substances you can find. ALWAYS cover your eyes with glasses and if u can use latex gloves when handling them. And wash your hands when you done
     
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    @Tattoomarius, this is the second post I read today about some "bad" experience you had....:)

    This is just some advice, for your own safety and for the safety of livestock etc please, please, please do research! Google, post on here etc.....lots of guys will answer ASAP.

    Enjoy the hobby! :thumbup:
     
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  10. JohanB

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    did you frag them or have a cut on your hand? Or got them in your eye?
    I am just wondering if it can happen just by touching them without gloves?
     
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    Yes it can happen if you not wearing gloves...
     
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    Even if you did not cut them?
     
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    If you have a little pin prick the poison could get in there but the poison can be absorbed through your skin.
     
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    The palytoxin is like bee venom, it's accumulative. Your body has now created antihistamines for the toxin and the next time YOU MIGHT DIE. Please be more careful.
     
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    There was a story around last year about a guy that boiled some live rock with a few zoa frags on and his whole family ended up in hospital from the toxins they released into the air with the steam. As Carlos said your resistance to them becomes lower and lower, so for years they may never bother you then one day you literally could drop dead.

    As far as I know star polyps are just as bad if not worse. I felt pretty down for a good few hours once after I messed around with some, haven't touched them since & I have no intention of doing so.
     
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