Sea Cucumber Irritation
Sea Cucumber Irritation Overview
Sea cucumbers are echinoderm (class Holothuriodea) that have an elongated body shaped like a cucumber with tentacles that encircle their mouths. Sea cucumbers live in temperate, subtropical, and tropical waters. They are not aggressive creatures, so human contact with them is often intentional of the part of the human. Sea cucumbers are harvested as food in the South Pacific. Contact with a sea cucumber's excrement or eating an inadequately cooked sea cucumber can cause a rash. The irritating toxin is located in the outer covering and other appendages and can be secreted into the surrounding water.
Sea Cucumber Irritation Signs and Symptoms
Scott D. Fell, DO, FAAEM
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The phylum Echinodermata includes a diverse group of marine animals that are slow moving and nonaggressive, including brittle stars (class Ophiuroidea), starfish (class Asteroidea), sea urchins (class Echinoidea), and sea cucumbers (class Holothuroidea).