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I didn't know that until yesterday. A grassy barely broke the skin on my knuckle but within seconds my finger swelled up with a lot of pain. Today it's still puffy and feels like it's in a vice. Anyone know how long this lasts?


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Week or so... Ya, those spikes are no joke.


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Shit that long of pain and having trouble moving it? It's pretty hard to bend or use.

I can't believe after years and years of handling them I never knew this :smt005

« Last Edit: May 03, 2017, 10:45:31 AM by Wilderness medic »


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As far as I recall rockfish spines are venomous (there are venom glands). Secondly , rockfish slime contains enzymes called amino acid oxidases, some of which act like a venom. Thirdly, Staph and other bacteria resides on rockfish skin, and your skin and is a possible source of infection.

I might try a soak in a warm 1% iodine hypertonic solution (2tblspoons salt/1L+ some iodine). Or a hot compress with the same solution applied directly to the area.

I usually wash the area well, use a hot compress for a few min (if it's bad) and then keep it uncovered. So far so good.

To the best of my recollection symptoms begin to subside after no more than 72 hours and usually earlier.

Any medical professionals wanna speak up on this? I am curious too.
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The answer from fm1 vs. archie are too funny. Two different fisherman two different answers.  :smt044 :smt044
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The answer from fm1 vs. archie are too funny. Two different fisherman two different answers.  :smt044 :smt044

Not entirely different. Peeing on it = a hypertonic solution soak  :smt044
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I'd rather stab myself with a fillet knife. Bleeds more, hurts less:smt013
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Take the eyeball of the fish that spines you, squish it and rub it on the wound.

That's the old time remedy anyway. No idea if it actually makes a difference.


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Take the eyeball of the fish that spines you, squish it and rub it on the wound.

That's the old time remedy anyway. No idea if it actually makes a difference.

Yes, hair of the dog will reset your sanguine humor complexion. If that fails you could try a good bleeding or exorcism.
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Take the eyeball of the fish that spines you, squish it and rub it on the wound.

That's the old time remedy anyway. No idea if it actually makes a difference.

Yes, hair of the dog will reset your sanguine humor complexion. If that fails you could try a good bleeding or exorcism.

I usually start with exorcism.


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The belief behind this remedy is that the acidic pH of urine helps break down the toxins and reduce pain,".... I just suck it up and take the pain. Nothing a few beers cant take care of. :smt005 :smt005


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Yeah, them spines can hurt a bit!  Sara reached into my cooler once and got stuck by one.  Hand was numb for at least a whole day and swelled up a bit.


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Yeah, they hurt alright. I usually apply single-malt scotch, maybe MacAllen, internally, of course...
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