[Coral-List] Strange phone - We do need some humor!!
explore at oceanopportunity.com
Fri Mar 2 23:34:35 EST 2007
Familiar story...I cut my hand underwater while working at one point several
years ago, and ended up with a Mycobacterium marinum infection
(fish-handler's disease). The infection spread quickly and required surgery
and heavy antibiotics to clear the infected tissue. From time to time, I
have slight swelling in the areas that were infected. Short story...there
are lots of bugs out there, and yes, they may be lurking within!
Oceans of Opportunity
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[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Tom Williams
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 3:04 PM
To: Ed Blume; coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
Subject: [SPAM] Re: [Coral-List] Strange phone - We do need some humor!!
Diagonsis - Tell her that the corals may not be the
problem.. remind her that if she has cold sores or
shingles etc. that she may have had a little fungus or
a virus innoculation as part of the scratches.
Recommendation - Treat any eruptions with anti-fungal
and various anti-viral (cold sore medicines)and next
time don't walk on the corals.
I have a fungus from 1959 (along with my old cadillac)
and it comes back every once in a while.
--- Ed Blume <edblume at mailbag.com> wrote:
> What can I tell the lady who called me to tell me
> that she was in Akumal, Mexico, ten years ago?
> While walking along a hard coral beach from a resort
> to Akumal Bay, she got lots of scratches on her feet
> from the dry coral that formed the beach.
> Those scratches are now coming back.
> Local people at the time told her that coral can
> continue to"grow" under your skin. Her scratches
> healed, and she thought nothing of it but now she is concerned. She
> has tried to find information and has had no luck.
> What can I say that's polite and helpful? The coral
> isn't growing. Maybe chips of the coral are working
> their way out of the tissue and up to the skin.
> Even that seems a little far-fetched after 10 years,
> doesn't it?
> Ed Blume
> Madison, WI
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