ermghoti

Yay! Infected Finger.

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I was out Sunday targeting tautog, had a few hook punctures, and a scrape on my left pinkie at the end of the day. I always keep an eye on the punctures, but by Monday evening, the scrape should have been dried over and starting to harden, but it stayed tender and red. I went out and bought some triple antibiotic.

 

I wake up during the night normally, but at midnight, it was clear the soreness was worsening, and the swollen area felt war. Reluctantly, I dragged myself out to find an urgent care, I was on the road before I realized they'd be closed. I considered the ER, but couldn't conscience a midnight run to the hospital for a fingee boo boo. I'd reassess in the morning, but I was pretty sure I'd have to miss some work and have it looked at.

 

Did the urgent care thing, as during the night, the joint under the scrape had started to feel tender, and the discoloration was headed up the finger. They concurred an infection was afoot, and sent me off with a prescription for antibiotics and instructions to find an ER if it continued to worsen.

 

Worsen it did. I had been taking photos to gross out my friends and family, and could verify increased swelling and redness five or so hours after taking the antibiotics. So, off to the ER, when they did a little more thorough testing, decided they didn't like the original antibiotic, and sent me home with two others. The infection now seems to be gradually retreating.

 

This is new. If I have a gash or a deep poke, the wound can get swollen red and tender, but it starts to improve in a day. This was a very superficial scrape that just exposed the "live" skin, and I paid it no notice. The only thing out of the ordinary was that I handled a couple dead crabs when I was smashing up bait. Hopefully this is not my old man body becoming poorer at staving of illness, ain't nobody got time for that.

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Few years back a businessman friend took a Striper dorsal spine to his middle finger. Finally after two days of pain and swelling his secretary shamed him into visiting is physician. Immediately the man in white was on the phone alerting the emergency room. Being a friday afternoon my friend requested that "couldn't it wait till monday morning" , replying monday would be OK but that he should be prepared for amputation. The hand specialist arrived about a hour later; he was a mess for about two weeks.

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Yup, the ER was concerned about the hand involvement, deferred immediately to orthopedics. He said "there's a reason those guys go to school for two more years and only work from here [points at the end of the wrist] to here [points at fingertips].

 

I was just taken off guard about one of the most minor fishing injuries I've ever sustained turning into the first that needed medical care.

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There are two products you may want to consider keeping with you, hebiclens and betadine solution. Keep small viles and apply both to cuts immediately, even if they are small. Lots of nastiness in fish and crab goo, not to mention the amount of poop that is in near shore water. Most bacteria out there will eat over the counter antiobitic ointment, if you are going to use otc anitibiotic cream, use the ointment after applying the hebliclens and betadine.  Make sure you are not allergic to the ointment first.

Don't forget to cover the wound with bandage.  

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I got grazed by a bluefish tooth when I worked on the head boats that gave me a nasty infection in my finger. Took a month to heal it with the z pack. Finger was swollen like a sausage and couldn't bend it. Marine Bacteria is nasty

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2 hours ago, fishhappy said:

There are two products you may want to consider keeping with you, hebiclens and betadine solution. Keep small viles and apply both to cuts immediately, even if they are small. Lots of nastiness in fish and crab goo, not to mention the amount of poop that is in near shore water. Most bacteria out there will eat over the counter antiobitic ointment, if you are going to use otc anitibiotic cream, use the ointment after applying the hebliclens and betadine.  Make sure you are not allergic to the ointment first.

Don't forget to cover the wound with bandage.  

 

Thanks, I meant to ask if anybody keeps something in the field as a preventative measure.

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4 hours ago, ermghoti said:

I was out Sunday targeting tautog,

You got to love it when fishing in the cold for them.

Remember using the Virginia hooks and stuck in there

tough mouths. Twist the hook a certain way and it snaps

in half right in your hand. :D

 

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Sounds like a good case of “fish poisoning”.

Not an uncommon thing cause by spine punctures while handling lobster bait.

Quite common from red fish / ocean perch. 

Had a bad case as a kid while using sea robins for lobster bait.

Always carried a tube of ichthammol ointment. Still do.

It acts as a drawing salve. Cover with a band aid or gauze.

Always been a go to for me with good results.

Try rite aid or cvs.

Good luck.

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When I go to the keys for our annual vacation, by the end of the trip my hands are a wreck. Cleaning all those snapper give me some kind of infection and my hands itch and peel for weeks. I think next year I'm going to use gloves.

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