Finger numb after brushing up against zoa?

Discussion in 'Propagation' started by Tamazula, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Tamazula

    Tamazula Guest

    Save me the "wear gloves, doofus" advice... I've learned my lesson.

    The tip of my thumb where I (might) have touched a Zoa (tub's blues, if it matters) is slightly tingly. I think it felt like that within a few minutes. No open wounds. I don't know whether it is placebo/overthinking/overreacting or if I've got a hospital visit in my near future. Any thoughts, experiences? Please lend me some wisdom here as I'm kinda freaking out.

  2. Erick

    Erick Guest

    I've never had any problems, but everyone is different, you could be allergic/sensitive to something.
  3. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    You'll live I think.
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    don't suck your thumb when you go to sleep tonight :D
  5. 650-IS350

    650-IS350 Supporting Member

    Just ensure you properly clean and scrub your hands
    Regular zoos aren't that bad as long as you don't have
    True Palythoas which can do major damage
  6. iani

    iani Guest

    Sounds to me like you got stuck by a bristle worm.
  7. Tamazula

    Tamazula Guest

    I'm still alive and by all indications if it was Palytoxin, I'd be good and dead by now. Probably just a bristleworm or some allergic reaction, but it did stress me out there for a few minutes (mostly the thought of a bill for an ER visit).
  8. jellygeee

    jellygeee Guest

    Well, the bill is incomparable to the price of your life. If conditions are not improving, might as well get it checked out.
  9. Gonzo

    Gonzo Guest

    I dunno, some ER's are prettttttty expensive ;)
  10. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    sorry but that is wrong. Contact DOES NOT = death. I would have been dead years ago if so.
  11. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    The SF Zoo sure was bad until they fixef it. Sorry, huge pet peeve... zoa zoa zoanthid....

    Zoa's can be just as deadly. Peoples sensitivities to the palytoxin differ. Most worst cases have been with epizoanthids and they are reported as being the least worry.
  12. Tamazula

    Tamazula Guest

    Er, I wasn't really suggesting it was palytoxin in my last post (that was more of a joke).

    Originally I was just not sure what the symptoms meant. Tingling, numbness, lightheaded... so I asked if anyone else had any similar experience. True, all the reading I've done so far also indicates that simple contact, especially without an open wound, wouldn't transmit the toxin (if it was even present in this specimen, and in large enough amounts to be a problem).

    That said, I've had my hands in my tank countless times and this was the first time I had any tingling/numbness/etc occur so it simply caught me off-guard.
  13. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member
  14. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    Hmm maybe we should sticky that thread :D
  15. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Most important thing Vic is if you feel something is not right, get some attention; this is an AMAZING club and thanks to the advise I received here, doctors acted fast on the issue.

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