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Old 12-24-2012, 12:50 AM   #1
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Hurt by corals?

I decided to be stupid and move things around in my tank. First I cut my thumb on the torch coral's rock, and then I touched my zoas.
Then I realized they secrete a toxin.
My thumb is a bit swollen and numb. Should I be worried? Or am I convincing my brain that I am hurt?
And on a scale of 1-10, are zoas really that toxic?
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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I decided to be stupid and move things around in my tank. First I cut my thumb on the torch coral's rock, and then I touched my zoas.
Then I realized they secrete a toxin.
My thumb is a bit swollen and numb. Should I be worried? Or am I convincing my brain that I am hurt?
And on a scale of 1-10, are zoas really that toxic?
I think your fine. To get hurt by the toxin the zoas first have to secrete it which is rare, just touching them usually is harmless. They do however contain one of the most potent toxins known to man called palytoxin
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What would cause them to secrete it?

I just got them, so I bothered them quite a bit today.
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What would cause them to secrete it?

I just got them, so I bothered them quite a bit today.
Its a defense mechanism so excessive touching and handling causes them to release it. Some species of zoas are more toxic than others.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:20 AM   #5
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Thank you. I guess I will go bother the hospital staff.
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Thank you. I guess I will go bother the hospital staff.
not a bad idea, hope it goes well.
here are the symptoms


Symptoms of Palytoxin poisoning - RightDiagnosis.com
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:36 AM   #7
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Well, being a freshy, I don't know much about coral. And this just answered a question I had, do corals hurt humans if they touch them? Answer is YES! And quite badly apparently. I hope and pray all goes well.
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The hospital staff said that I was lucky because had it been a more serious poisoning, I would have died quickly. Apparently the symptoms include high heart rate, asmtha-like symptoms, and death quickly after!
I recommend gloves and BE CAREFUL WITH ZOAS EVERYONE!!!!
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Yeah, this is some serious stuff and nothing to take lightly. It depends on how your body deals with the toxin that you've been exposed to. Definitely invest in some gloves that extend to your upper arms.

There are all kinds of crazy bacterias and toxins lurking in your reef tank. A cut could lead to a nasty infection, and if not treated quickly, could cost you a finger, hand, forearm, or worse.

I'd rather be overly cautious and have nothing happen, than the opposite.
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My hands never go in the tank without gloves, and nothing comes out without safety glasses on, since many corals can (and do) squirt....
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