Fish-Handler's Disease Topic Guide
Fish-Handler's Disease: Fish-handler's disease occurs when cuts or scrapes in the skin become infected with Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, Mycobacterium, and other bacterium. Symptoms of Fish-handler's disease include joint stiffness; swollen lymph nodes; and pain, burning, itching, and swelling at the site of infection. Treatment of Fish-handler's disease includes over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, and antibiotics if necessary.
Swollen Lymph Nodes Lymph nodes (part of the lymphatic system) may signal infection if they are swollen. Types of conditions that involve swollen lymph nodes include infection, virus, inflammation, or cancers. Symptoms of swollen lymph nodes depend upon the location. Treatment of swollen lymph nodes also depends upon the location and reason for the enlargement.