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Wilderness: Sea Cucumber Irritation (cont.)

Sea Cucumber Irritation Treatment

  • Rinse the affected area with seawater. Avoid fresh water because it can increase pain.
  • Immerse the affected area in water as hot as the person can tolerate (temperature not to exceed 140 F or 60 C) for 30 to 90 minutes. Repeat as necessary to control pain.
  • Avoid rubbing the area and do not apply ice to it.
  • Apply acetic acid (vinegar, which is 3% to 5% acetic acid in water)) or isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to the area until pain is relieved.
  • If eyes are exposed, rinse with 1 to 2 gallons of fresh water or saline solution immediately.
  • There is no antidote for this toxin.
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