The surgeonfish is a tropical reef fish with blade-like retractable spines on their sides close to the tail that can cause deep wounds. Luckily, the fish does not have any venom or toxin linked to them.
Characteristics of surgeonfish cuts
A wound or laceration from a surgeonfish can cause immediate pain and generally deep with active bleeding. Take note that it is rare to have symptoms beyond the wound but once it occurs, it includes nausea, anxiety and muscle pain.
- The initial step is to apply direct pressure to control any bleeding.
- Cleanse the wound with water and soap thoroughly.
- Immerse the wound in hot but non-scalding water for 30-90 minutes or until the discomfort has lessened.
- Scrub the wound thoroughly to get rid of any leftover foreign material such as dirt or debris from the cut.
- Stitches are not usually required since it increases the risk for infection. Nevertheless, for surgeonfish cuts that are large or occurs in the face, stitches might be placed by a healthcare professional.
- Antibiotics might be given to lower the risk for secondary infection due to the depth and nature of the wound.
When to consult a doctor
An individual who sustained surgeonfish cuts might require medical care to control the bleeding. In rare instances, stitches might be necessary if the laceration is wide or long.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on surgeonfish cuts is for learning purposes only. Learn to properly manage the injury by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.