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Old 06-01-2011, 04:58 AM
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So, I am cleaning flounder after a banner day of fishing on Sunday. I reached in the cooler to pull out another fish when I jabbed my right index finger on the bony fin just behind the head of the flounder on the belly side. Washed the cut with bleach and finished cutting the fish. washed cut again after I was done and put Neosporin on it. Woke up on Monday, finger was a bit red. Went about my day with no issues. Monday night while sleeping I started to not feel so good. Slight fever and a stomach ache. I figured too much sun, food, and drink during the day. Woke up Tuesday. Finger a bit swollen and still not feeling to good. I stayed home from work. During the day I felt a bit better but finger was starting to hurt a bit. Went to bed woke up at 4:30 a.m. Finger was twice the size it usually is and is very hot. Decide to go to E.R. Come to find out, I have fish poisoning. One Tetanus shot, 1 bag I.V. antibiotics and a weeks worth of Cephalexin. E.R. Dr. also wants me to follow up with a hand surgeon to make sure the don't need to open my finger up and clean things out. Has anyone else had anything like this happen to them? Joe.
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man that sucks! I haven't had something like that happen but I will be more careful about it going forward. I've certainly pricked my fingers on fish fins before
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Luckily Its not that flesh eating junk.
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I know someone that was stabbed on the hand by a sculpin!
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Last year I was pricked by a striper spine and drew a bit of blood. Finger hurt for 3 days and was a bit red and hot. Day 4 I went to the Dr. and they put me on 10 days of antibiotic which took care of it.
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I remeber the days of popping/draining the finger, then burning the iodine candle into the infection. I do not miss those days at all!!!
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A couple years ago I got spined by a dogfish in the back of my right hand. Within 10 minutes the hand was 3xs its normal size. Soaked it in seawater during the rest of the charter as best I could. Hurt like h#ll for 3 days and it finally went down day 4. I dont do MDs but I probably should have.
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I poked myself pretty good on a striped bass fin.A month or so later the top of my index finger knuckel would hurt like hell if I put pressure on it in just the right spot when working with my linesmen's plyers.I put up with it for a while and went to a hand specialist turned out I had a little piece of bone that healed under the skin.I had to have surgery to get it removed.

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A few years ago I was running a head boat - someone caught a dog fish and pulled it over the rail - one of the spikes hit me in the arm, punctured the skin, broke off inside, and the skin closed over it. I had some nerve damage, but more importantly I was hospitalized over night with "Gurry"; fish poisoning. The veins in my body turned bright, bright, blue; all the way down to the tops of my feet. It was excruciatingly painful. I was sick for a couple days but healed w/ no ill effects. So I feel for ya buddy! Take all the antibiotics, plenty of rest, and drink plenty of water!! Get well soon.

PS: if you cant fish for a few days, mind giving me the location of where you got your flounder? I'll keep the spot warmed up anticipating your return! LOL! (kidding)
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Keep an eye on it Joe and make sure you keep the inflamed area marked with a sharpie to see if it expands. An orthodontist (a practice some friends of ours use) in Needham was cleaning a fish two years ago when he cut himself with the knife - wasn't anything that required treatment in terms of stitches etc. He's now a one handed orthodontist. By all accounts he did what he thought was "reasonable". He got fish poisoning.

Getting those IV antibiotcs on board is important. I had an abscess in my elbow a few weeks back. Started to get hot and was spreading quickly up my upper arm hour by hour. Called my doc at midnight. Sarcastically gave me the option of going to the ER NOW for IV antibiotics or waiting 12 hours for the office to open. He said but that 12 hours could end up being the difference between keeping the arm or not, and I really needed to get on a bag now.

They put me on Cephalexin too. 4 a day for 10 days. Blood infections are no joke.. Be careful everyone. I'd hate to be able to say "some one I KNOW". Get well soon Joe.

I also just got my tetnus booster in the fall. Just a reminder!
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Unfortunatly lobster fishing and occasionaly sticking a finger with baitfish bones is fairly common. I did it a few times but never was blessed with an infection like you ended up with. Just made sure it was clean and used peroxide on it.
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Watch it like a hawk and get 2 doctor opinions,very common to lose limbs due to fish spikes. I had a striper spine in my leg for a yr,doctor found it amusing as hell when he pulled it out.
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So....maybe I'm off base here but why in the world did you clean out your wound with bleach???

Sounds like we are talking about blood poisoning which can happen at almost any time when cut on the "right" object. My dad got it when he got bit on his hand by a dog 1 tooth puonctured, wouldn't have thought it bad at all...spent 3 days in the hospital on an IV.

Got to say though, I didn't really think much about getting an infection from a fish fin but it makes sense. I'll be sure to keep some HO on board and some antibacterials.
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My boss loves blue fishing and was bitten. He was very ill till he went to the Dr's office. Doc took one look at it and said your were fishing for blues.
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Yes sir,I did !! I was a stern man on a lobster boat.I got it twice.Second time I had something I can only describe as a severe flu for the better part of 2 weeks.My finger swelled up so bad that when it normalized,it peeled similar to a snake shed!
Doc told me to give up lobstering cause the third time could be the last time....down to one pot now!!!
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I know someone that was stabbed on the hand by a sculpin!
will you elaborate on that one always wondered how bad those spikes were...
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I'll be sure to keep some HO on board and some antibacterials.
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HO?
Who better to suck the poison out????
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Fish spine punture wounds can be serious and difficult to treat. They are a lot deeper than you think and cannot be cleaned out with plain peroxide. They are often caused by "Mycobacterium Marinum" a relative of TB.

Can be very nasty and require extensive surgery to eradicate if allowed to go untreated. A good hand surgeon who practices in a coastal area should be familiar with it.

Get it checked out now.
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Oh man, this thread is bringing back memories of when I was windsurfing in Jamaica and fell off the board and onto a sea urchin. I had 11 spines in the bottom of my foot and did not let the local nurse anywhere near me. Lucky for me I did not suffer an infection but I was in a lot of pain up until and including the point when my gp plucked them out one by one with a needle. Hurt like a son of a gun.
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