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.
Puncture Wound A puncture wound is caused by an object piercing the skin such as nails, glass, pins, or other sharp objects. A puncture wound can become infected if not treated properly. A tetanus booster may be necessary for some puncture wounds.