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Old 10-28-2013, 08:40 PM   #31
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Lets say you do have a cut and do get the toxin in your bloodstream, what happens?? You get Sick?
Keep in mind, that the body defends against stuff entering the blood stream very well.. i.e. bleeding. You would have to be actively bleeding to even have a chance of it getting into your blood stream. More likely you will be operating a saw of some sort and cut yourself with the saw which would be the source of palytoxins entering your body. My LFS guy cut himself with a dremel that he had been fragging corals with all day. It caused enough issues to worry him but there was no actual damage caused by toxins. No aquarist has ever died from palytoxin as far as we know of.
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I heard a story of a guy sterilizing live rock by boiling it. The story went he inhaled fumes from plays and Zoas on the rock. Certainly inhaling the fumes would be a great delivery system. Might be a urban myth, but I would never boil live rock after hearing that.
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Keep in mind, that the body defends against stuff entering the blood stream very well.. i.e. bleeding. You would have to be actively bleeding to even have a chance of it getting into your blood stream. More likely you will be operating a saw of some sort and cut yourself with the saw which would be the source of palytoxins entering your body. My LFS guy cut himself with a dremel that he had been fragging corals with all day. It caused enough issues to worry him but there was no actual damage caused by toxins. No aquarist has ever died from palytoxin as far as we know of.
You don't have to be bleeding, any open cut, scrape, or abrasion that has not completely healed would allow toxins to enter your body. Hence why if you are fragging things you don't want to rub your eyes or bite your fingernails or anything like that.
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It think most marine biologists would caution wearing gloves and glasses when fragging corals. Why take the risk?
I can't think of any SPS or LPS corals we as hobbiest keep that are dangerous from a toxic effect, but their slime is filthy and you would not want to expose yourself to it.
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