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.
Antibiotics Antibiotics are prescribed to individuals to cure disease by killing bacteria. There are over 100 antibiotics. The main classes of antibiotics include penicillins, cephalosporins, macrolides, flouroquinolones, sulfonamides, tetracyclines, and aminoglycosides. Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem due to the overprescription of antibiotics to individuals.