Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Coral Sting Underlying Cause

Symptoms of coral cuts are caused by:

  • Coral often has sharp edges that easily cut the skin.
  • Irritating chemicals and toxins present in the coral cause inflammation.
  • Tiny parts of coral can remain in a skin wound.
  • Bacteria present in the coral can cause skin infections.

Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Coral Sting References
  1. Reed KC, Crowell MC, Castro MD, Sloan ML. Skin and soft-tissue infections after injury in the ocean: culture methods and antibiotic therapy for marine bacteria. Mil Med. 1999 Mar;164(3):198-201. [10091493]
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