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Starfish Puncture Wounds


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Comment from: Azul, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I just accidentally got stung while collecting crown of thorns starfish from reef area. I pressed the puncture wound area until no more blood was coming out and made sure no thorn was left inside the wound. Then I squeezed lime/lemon slices to the wound area several time. Vinegar also can be used as alternative (treatment by local people).

Comment from: kerauter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 24

I accidentally pricked my thumb and forefinger whilst removing crown of thorns from our reef. My instant reaction was to suck the poison out of the three puncture points. I sucked as hard as I could and kept on until no more orange colored blood came out. Obviously I spat out the poisoned blood. This took about 7 minutes. Then I put my hand in very hot water for 15 minutes. Within 24 hours there was no pain at all and everything healed up fine without any further treatment. There is a rumor that you can get the starfish to suck the wound, like a leech, and this is a native cure. I couldn't seem to make the dying starfish interested in sucking my finger however.


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