Sea Urchin Puncture - Symptoms

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Published: March 26

I was stung by a sea urchin without my knowledge, in Costa Rica in 2003. I returned to the US on the following day. The bottom of my foot and ankle were affected. It was the most painful experience of my life. I debrided my foot by soaking in Betadine and picking small pieces of black poison from my foot at least twice a day. The edges of my wounds felt like glass and fire on my skin. It was like having glass slivers in my skin. I could not wear a sock or let a sheet touch my foot. This went on for two years when a vascular surgeon tried making incisions around my injured foot to retrieve a greater portion of poison from my foot. After my foot healed from surgery I was happy with the results. I stopped soaking my foot and picking poison out of it. I go crazy now whenever I get a sliver on any part of my skin. I fear seeing black slivers anywhere. My advice is to see the local doctor immediately if ever you get stung or step on something or get wounded during water activity..