Wilderness: Coral Cuts (cont.)
When to Seek Medical Care for Coral Cuts
- Seek medical treatment in cases of severe cuts or infection, or if a wound is not healing or is not healing and becoming larger.
- A doctor should be consulted about treatment with available medications. Occasionally, long-term infections may develop (for example, fish handler's disease).
- Rapid progression of a red blister-producing infection, especially if a person is an alcoholic, is a medical emergency.
Pictures of Coral
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Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, DO; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine
DiversAlertNetwork.org. Coral Cuts, Scrapes, and Rashes.
WebMD.com. Marine Stings and Scrapes - Topic Overview.
WebMD.com. Signs of Skin Infection After a Marine Sting or Scrape.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2016
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM