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Hello! i got a piece of urchin stuck in my feet while i was surfing. what should i do to get the spine out and remove the poison?

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Dr. Darrell Latva answered

Specializes in Podiatry

You should go to the ER if, as you say, there is poison and a retained foreign body.You may need a surgical debridement, depending upon their findings Regards, Dr. Latva

Answered Apr 25, 2016

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Dr. Scott Keith answered

Specializes in Podiatry

You'll probably not be able to remove the poison. At best, you can destabilize it's chemical structure by soaking it in as hot as you can stand water for an hour. This will break down the poison and help with the pain. You can try to remove larger pieces of the spines with tweezers. To remove the small elements, apply shaving cream and do a slow shave of the area. Even then, you may to be seen.

Answered Apr 25, 2016

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