A 38-year-old member asked:
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what is the best way to treat a swollen thumb from fish gill prick better?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Puncture wounds from: Fish spines in fins or gills can be really serious. A variety of marine bacteria can be at work including streptococcus iniae and aeromonas and no cholera vibrios. You ought to see a doc if the swelling continues or you have fever or chills.
Answered on Aug 23, 2015

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