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Old 09-15-2018, 08:55 PM   #1
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Punctured by my Cory catfish

I got punctured by my Cory catfish about five hours ago as I tried to get it out of my net. My finger is still throbbing and if I put a bandage on it still bleeding. From what Ive read they can be poisonous on there a pectoral and dorsal fins. My finger is really throbbing and Im not really sure if I should be very concerned about this or if it will just run its course and be done. I washed it out really good used an antibiotic to wash it with and put another antiseptic on it. I hate overreacting and going to the doctors office at 5 oclock in the afternoon on Saturday so It would end up being an ER visit. I have a screw in my finger joint very near where I got poked by my fish. Have any of you had similar experiences and did they resolve on their own?
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What did you do, wait it out go to doc???

Just saw this, a bit late at this point, but wondering how it's going.

Not a DR. but was given oral Benedryl - DIPHENHYDRAMINE for spider bite before and told to watch for signs of infection as a serious condition could result if it worsens. Irregular heartbeat, breathing problems, red line up hand /arm, swelling change of color of skin, etc. ER would be warranted for sure if any question to securing your health.
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OK, some important things to say here, firstly, what species do you have? Only some corydoras have these glands in their barbs.

Secondly, unless you have an allergy, it'll sting a bit, but won't otherwise harm you. Put continuous pressure on the site for a couple of minutes. If it continues bleeding, it's time for the hospital. And I mean it's producing enough blood to eventually start running. Just a tiny amount of seepage is not a concern as the blood coagulates faster than it seeps.

If the bleeding continues, you may be having a reaction, you may be older and less able to clot effectively or a long list of things. But most of those things have nothing to do with the cory's sting.

If you have to catch cories, shrimp nets are a better choice since they are stiffer. Ideally, you'd use a jar trap or a cup.

I see that this is an older post and you've likely sorted it out one way or another, but hopefully this information will help others, or you if it happens again!
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I've been stuck by about every catfish variety native to North America at one time or another and several aquarium types. Still breathing, still here. No worries.
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