7 steps on treating a sea urchin sting

I have had a lot of sea urchin stings and some spines on the bottom of my foot had to be removed with a laser. So you would think I learned my lesson.  But fiddlesticks! I stepped again on a sea urchin and instead of taking good care of it, I continued kiting. The wound got infected and I ended up going to the hospital where I had an incision (surgical cut) to drain the pus. So if you don’t want to end up like me, follow these steps to treat your sea urchin wound properly!

  1. Remove any accessible spines!
    Use tweezers if available. Be careful as the spines can break. You can also light up a candle and apply the hot wax to the affected area. Let dry, and then remove the wax. Hot wax is a very effective method to remove spines.
  2. As soon as you get out of the water, cover the affected area with vinegar for as long as possible. You can use a clean towel or washcloth.
    The vinegar will dissolve the spines.
  3. Take a hot vinegar foot bath for about 20-40 minutes. You can also add Epsom salt to ease pain and relieve inflammation.
  4. When going to bed, apply a vinegar-soaked cloth on the affected area, cover with a plastic wrap and tape it so it stays on through the night.
  5. Apply antibiotic ointment if signs of infection such as redness, swelling or pus occur.
  6. If you take oral antibiotics, use them for at least 5 days.
  7. Please seek medical care as soon as possible if you don’t feel well, have fever or pain or signs of infection.
    You don’t want to end up like me. Or even worst: Get paralysed due to a sea urchin sting like THIS GUY!

Even though it is kind of disgusting, I will share the photos of my foot. This photo is before and after they drained my infected sea urchin wound:

Before_After

 

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I have had a lot of sea urchin stings and some spines on the bottom of my foot had to be removed with a laser. So you would think I learned my lesson.  But fiddlesticks! I stepped again on a sea urchin and instead of taking good care of it, I continued kiting. The wound got infected and I ended up going to the hospital where I had an incision (surgical cut) to drain the pus. So if you don’t want to end up like me, follow these steps to treat your sea urchin wound properly!

  1. Remove any accessible spines!
    Use tweezers if available. Be careful as the spines can break. You can also light up a candle and apply the hot wax to the affected area. Let dry, and then remove the wax. Hot wax is a very effective method to remove spines.
  2. As soon as you get out of the water, cover the affected area with vinegar for as long as possible. You can use a clean towel or washcloth.
    The vinegar will dissolve the spines.
  3. Take a hot vinegar foot bath for about 20-40 minutes. You can also add Epsom salt to ease pain and relieve inflammation.
  4. When going to bed, apply a vinegar-soaked cloth on the affected area, cover with a plastic wrap and tape it so it stays on through the night.
  5. Apply antibiotic ointment if signs of infection such as redness, swelling or pus occur.
  6. If you take oral antibiotics, use them for at least 5 days.
  7. Please seek medical care as soon as possible if you don’t feel well, have fever or pain or signs of infection.
    You don’t want to end up like me. Or even worst: Get paralysed due to a sea urchin sting like THIS GUY!

Even though it is kind of disgusting, I will share the photos of my foot. This photo is before and after they drained my infected sea urchin wound:

Before_After

 

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