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    Safety within your reef

    I'd assume that posting links to another forum isn't generally allowed, but I hope this get's overlooked.

    The guy in this thread caught a bacterial infection from working in his reef and nearly lost his thumb and more. It's worth a read.

    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/sh...hreadid=414029

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    nice find Nokinja

    Most other forums do not allow reference to other forums... be AC has no problems with it as long as the reference is informative and not outright spam.

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    Wow... that's an eye opener...
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Or a thumb opener!! Hey Ivan, are you stocked up on AquaGloves??
    Keep passing the open windows!

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    Good point... I need a pair... Ivan?
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Sheeesh! that is some scary stuff. I got a pair of AquaGloves for my new tank (more for the hassle of getting my arm all wet than for anything else - just easier to take off the gloves and you're all clean). Of course i used it once, but when setting up my rock, the gloves were sitting in my bucket. Time to use them more rather than just looking at them.
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    Yeah I should have a couple instock... I started using them a few months ago.

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    Very interesting ... and scary!!! My Brother told me not that long ago that he had read that there are several incurable infections and or diseases that can be caught by humans from their saltwater aquariums. If your not going to head the advise about gloves ... at least make sure you have NO open wounds on your hands before you mess around in your tank.
    Rob

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    That is disgusting- I had the same thing about 8 years ago. Lymphangytis (sp?)to be exact- which is poisoning of the lymph system. I started on a finger instead of a thumb. It didn't spread guite as fast but after 36 hours I was in hospital with all sorts of specialists poking and slicing at my finger.
    I was unpacking a shipment of corals from Indonesia and I had a scratch on the cuticle of one finger. I didn't even notice it, but before I was finished unpacking both rotten and healthy corals, my finger started to throb- I simply thought it was all the salt water etc. I went home and washed my hands well and put some Polysporin on the cut and a bandaid. Well, I barely slept that night due to the pain- it was throbbing so bad I couldn't believe it. In the morning my finger was like a sausage- I could barely bend it. I took a tonne of Ibuprofen the reduce the swelling, which helped the pain a little, and then I worked that day. By that night 24 hours later, I had a red line from my hand up to my elbow. I looked at the line and thought to myself, 'gee, I think I've heard that this isn't good..." so I went to bed...When I woke up the line was up to my shoulder. I called my G.P. and explained the situation- thay said, 'come in now!' I went in and my doc took one look and said, " Go straight to the hospital and tell them your name, we will call ahead and make sure the infectious disease specialist is waiting for you, go, go, go!" I love pushing to the head of the line!! So I went! They were impressed!! I was so proud!! They debated on I.V. antibiotics and in the end just gave me some huge, mambo monster antibiotic pills. Within a day the red lines subsided, but my finger ached for a good 6 monthes. Apperently I was about 6 hours away from anemic shock or septic shock which can put you in a coma or some other nastyness.
    It looks more like the guy on R.C. had blood poisoning, which I think will lead to the same nasty outcome- only quicker.
    The lymph system is the system in the body which fights off infection and it is more contained than the blood stream, so it takes a little longer to travel. They gave me two types of antibiotic, one for marine type bacteria and some other broad spectrum antibiotic.
    It wasn't all that much fun, but it does make a good story...except if you are trying to pick up girls.........
    Matt.

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    wow, so this really isnt all that rare.
    well reefmutt, we are happy that you are here with us to retell the story.
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