Starfish (Sea Star) and Crown of Thorns Puncture Wounds Symptoms and Poison Treatment Topic Guide

Starfish Puncture Wounds Starfish Puncture Wounds: Sea stars (starfish) and crown of thorns are both bottom dwellers. They can puncture the skin, which causes pain. Symptoms of starfish or crown of thorns puncture wound include pain, bleeding, inflammation at the injury site, nausea, vomiting, weakness, numbness, and in rare cases paralysis.

Treatment methods include cleaning the area, removing any spines if possible, antibiotic cream, and oral antibiotics if infection occurs. Sea stars and crown of thorns punctures may need to be treated by a doctor.

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