Wilderness: Sea Urchin Puncture Topic Guide

Dive Medicine: Sea Urchin Puncture Wound Dive Medicine: Sea Urchin Puncture Wound: Sea urchins are non-aggressive marine animals and have spines and pedicellaria (venomous organs). Symptoms include:
  • redness,
  • swelling around the area,
  • fatigue,
  • muscle aches,
  • weakness,
  • shock, or
  • respiratory failure if the puncture wound is deep.
Treatment of sea urchin puncture wounds are removal of th spines and pedicellaria. Antibiotics may be necessary if infection occurs.


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