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Old 11-19-2008, 10:30 PM   #1
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Irritating Water?

I know this is the most amateur question! But, does SW tank water irritate skin? every time I touch the water in my tank my forearm and hand burn and itch. Is this normal? I know I should be using gloves but have not found any that reach my upper arm.
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I doesn't bother me at all. Maybe if you have very sensitive skin it can cause some irritation.
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SW can be caustic. I`ve never had a problem with it though.
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What is in your tank? Any corals? Sometimes coral mucous can cause skin irritation.
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Old 11-20-2008, 09:43 AM   #5
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Do you have the same problem when you go to the beach?
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Old 11-20-2008, 10:27 AM   #6
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I haven't had a problem with burning, but I've had my hands in the water a lot this week (catching all my fish and putting them in a hospital tank) and my hands definitely get VERY dry when exposed to the salt water. And I'm afraid to put lotion on them because I don't want it to get into the tank!
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For me at times my skin feels irritated from the water. But other times it doesn't bother me at all. I think when I have dry skin the salt tends to dry it out even more and is irritating. I really don't know what I am talking about but it happens to me
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Is it possible to be mildly allergic to salt??
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I have some button polyps and a couple of mushrooms! I have heard that the button polyps are kinda dangerous, plus I have kinda sensitive skin. IDK guess it could be any of the above. Thank you all for your input!
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My guess is that you are possibly allergic to Zoanthus/Palythoa (button polyps). I believe Cindy (Fluff) also has this reaction so maybe she can chime in if she does anything special to protect herself; otherwise, use arm-length gloves.
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