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Cut my finger shucking oysters cuple weeks ago, washed it peroxide. Wound heels up but now finger is swelled up and hurts to the touch. What can I do?

Cut my finger shucking oysters cuple weeks ago, washed it peroxide. Wound heels up but now finger is swelled up and hurts to the touch. What can I do?

Doctor!: Go see your doctor immediately. Pain and swelling after a cut or wound associated with dirty water or ocean water should be checked out right away. ...Read more

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I cut my foot on Oyster shells today in 6 different spots. It was about 9 hrs ago and they still EXTREMELY painful. Should I see a doc? Is it normal?

I cut my foot on Oyster shells today in 6 different spots. It was about 9 hrs ago and they still EXTREMELY painful. Should I see a doc? Is it normal?

Oyster: Oysters and other marine life can harbor a bacteria called vibrio vulnificus, which can be a potentially dangerous bacteria. A tetanus shot, and possible antibiotics, may be needed. Consult with a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Sat-Oyster cut on foot cleaned w/ peroxide, iodine, bacitracin ointment but signs of infection. Should I go to urgent care or can I wait until tomorro?

Sat-Oyster cut on foot cleaned w/ peroxide, iodine, bacitracin ointment but signs of infection. Should I go to urgent care or can I wait until tomorro?

Uncertain: If significant signs of infection - would certainly be seen. When was your last tetanus shot? If it has been more than ten years - it should be done promptly. ...Read more

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Are there any body benefits to eating smoked oysters?

Are there any body benefits to eating smoked oysters?

Yes: Oysters have a # of health benefits. 3 oz of smoked oysters has 67 calories & 7 g of fat. They are low in saturated fat with no trans fats. They are a good soure of iron, selenium, zinc & vitamin b-12. ...Read more

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Could I have a container of smoked oysters every day?

Could I have a container of smoked oysters every day?

Limit smoked food.: There are studies that show cultures with a higher diet of smoked food (like the Scandinavians) have a higher risk of stomach cancer. Too much of anything is not a good thing. Too much protein is a big part of the obesity epidemic today. Have occasionally but do not neglect other yummy healthy foods like fruits, veggies and whole grains, complex carbs. ...Read more

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What is the chance I will get sick from eating a raw oyster?

What is the chance I will get sick from eating a raw oyster?

1 in a million: Twenty million americans consume raw shellfish like clams and oysters each year. Shellfish are filter feeders that pick up and concentrate bacteria, like vibrio, from the surrounding seawater. Bacteria concentrations, and the risk or infection, is higher in warmer months. Only cooking will destroy the bacteria. There are approximately 20 vibrio vulnificans infections each year, half are fatal. ...Read more

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How do I know if I am allergic to oysters? Do I have to try one?

How do I know if I am allergic to oysters? Do I have to try one?

Yes: People can only become allergic to something after at least one exposure. If you have never had oyster before, it will be highly unlikely to get allergic to it unless you have had reaction to mollusks before (clam , abalone, mussels etc). ...Read more

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How can you tell if raw oysters on half shell are bad?

Eat one: If you get sick, you got a bad one. If you buy them, they should have a certificate attached. Otherwise you can't tell until it's too late. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe to eat about 4 ounces of smoked oysters a day?

Can you explain if it's safe to eat about 4 ounces of smoked oysters a day?

See below: Safe - probably. Healthy - no. Lots of saturated fat but also the smoke flavor is likely high in sodium and preservatives - both bad for you. ...Read more

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Are raw oysters dangerous to eat, even if you hot sauce on them? What medical conditions would make a person not be allowed to eat raw oysters?

Are raw oysters dangerous to eat, even if you hot sauce on them? What medical conditions would make a person not be allowed to eat raw oysters?

Don't eat them..: Raw sea food is dangerous anyhow. Hot sauce will not do anything against bacteria. Also, since you are allergic to other foods, you may very well be allergic to sea food also. Nowadays, with all sea pollution it is not safe to eat raw sea food. Stop diet sodas.Also bad for you! ...Read more

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Is there anything bad that can happen from eating cooked oysters for their iron? If so, how many oysters can you eat per week before it's unhealthy?

Is there anything bad that can happen from eating cooked oysters for their iron? If so, how many oysters can you eat per week before it's unhealthy?

Oysters: I do not think there is a magic number on the amount you can eat. Raw oysters are probably more of an issues than cooked ones. Do not eat only for iron - eat for the developed taste and do not overeat. Also keep in mind the effects on your cholesterol which may be more of an issues in the long run. ...Read more

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Friend had oysters yesterday, felt bad in afternoon, had hallucinations that night. Causes/Concerns? even though better now? Should have hospitalized?

Friend had oysters yesterday, felt bad in afternoon, had hallucinations that night. Causes/Concerns? even though better now? Should have hospitalized?

Not Necessary: I am happy to hear that your friend has recovered from what was likely either mild food reaction vs food poisoning, depending on his or her personal history. Hallucinations can be caused by fever, among other things. I recommend to all members that you write in for your concerns only, and suggest your friend do the same or be seen in-person should they have a recurrence of their symptoms. ...Read more