Finger infection

Discussion in 'Resources' started by xcaret, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. xcaret

    xcaret Supporting Member

    Well, I hope is not that but if needed then I have to see a doctor tomorrow.
    I got my hands in the tank that the heather went bad, I had a small cut on one of my fingers and did not wear a glove even that the box was close to me; guess it was the rush of the moment to deal with the tank. I have swollen fingers, one where the cut is/was started with a small blister like bump and yesterday it swell so bad I could not sleep due to the pain that felt like when someone hits a fingernail with a hammer (been there), all the way to my elbow I can feel the pain but only my finger hurts like hell, I can even feel every beat of my heart on the tip of my finger.
  2. iani

    iani Guest

    Mario, I would go to the ER right now so they can get you on some antibiotics.
  3. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    Hmm...Dr sounds good. Blisters usually form when there's a toxin/something that shouldn't be there so it'd be good to get that out of you ASAP...Esp. if the pain is that bad.... Listen to your body
  4. melly mel

    melly mel Supporting Member

    Hope your ok Mario......Better make it to the ER tho....
  5. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    yikes, I hope you're ok!
  6. JAR

    JAR Supporting Member

    Quit whining, and ask yourself...
    what would Ronnie Lott do? :D
  7. Gomer

    Gomer Honorary Member

  8. Thales

    Thales Past President

    If you haven't gone to the Doctor or ER, please go now, NOW and be sure to tell them about your tank and that they might want to check for Mycobacterium marinum, even though it doesn't sound like it is myco.
  9. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Guest

    Swelling and pain after tank maintenance = ER visit.
    No if ands or buts!!!!
  10. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Yikes man, hopefully you heeded the advice of people here and already are at the docs. I've had my share of scares, the first was getting poked in the hand (stupid vermetid snails), hand got red, it hurt, didn't do squat, went to bed had it elevated... next day my hand looked like a boxing glove it got that swollen, stupid man me still didn't go to the doc, got to work, luckily there was someone from the biology department who told me I should be going to the ER that second and then I did go.
  11. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I hope you got your ass to the ER last night Mario, the prospect of loosing a body part is not something you want to live through believe me..
  12. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    That and Vibrio. I kinda suspect a vribrio infection. Neither are something to wait on going to the ER/DR for!
  13. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    So what would have happened for him to get what rich and or gresh are suggesting? Just bacteria into a cut?
  14. Thales

    Thales Past President

    Yep, bacteria into a cut. Our tanks are teeming with ickies. We are pretty sure it happens all the time, mostly the body fights it off before it becomes a problem, but sometimes there is a minor infection, a severe infection, or a nasty infection. Not being able to sleep due to pain should equal right to the hospital. Myco is a weird one, and usually presents as hard bumps. What Mario seems to have is something fast and wicked. I sure hope he is alright.
  15. screebo

    screebo Supporting Member

    Continuing this serious note: Perhaps I should consider exercising a little more caution with MY tank maintenance, I've had an arm in the tank daily, without any protection for a couple decades. When I clean algae from the back glass and my upper arm grazes coral including SPS and some LPS such as hammes from time to time. As yet, I've never noticed any infection of skin breaks or irritation of sensitive skin. Question: Is it worth considering adopting a new respect for potential hazard of having my "bare arm" in the tank? :glasses:
  16. iCon

    iCon Supporting Member

    I think it's just something to be aware of...If you have an open cut, use an arm length glove. I usually wear thick rubber gloves when playing with the rocks because they're pretty sharp. Putting on arm length gloves every time you dive into your tank...Unlikely =
  17. iani

    iani Guest

    I wear triple thick latex gloves when I work in my tank. Sometimes I do forget or get lazy and I normally pay for it. I get an allergic reaction pretty much anything that can sting in the tank.
  18. tuberider

    tuberider Guest

    I'm in the same boat as Ian AFA reactions to corals, if I so much as brush a Euphylliad with the underside of my forearm it's going to be like I got poison oak. I've also had a few nasty infections where I wound up in ER, call me crazy for not wearing gloves, but without a doubt I have changed how I approach servicing tanks and that has kept me out of trouble for years.
  19. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    I really hope this advice is moot, since he has been/returned.

    In cases like this, urgent care clinic might be a better bet.
    - Very often faster than a busy big city ER.
    - Less stressed out docs, so they listen to the fact that you have a reef tank, and will diagnose better.
    - Plus, cheaper, less insurance hassles.
    - Usually next to an ER anyway, if all goes to hell.

    And in many cases - no mind set issues.
    I am reluctant to go to ER as well, but don't feel bad about urgent care clinic.
  20. GDawson

    GDawson Guest



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