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FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard!

 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 7:47 pm Post subject: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 This  disease  is  a  very  real  threat  among  aquarium  hobbyists...though  it  is  uncommon.  It  has  happened  to  me,  and  I'm  recovering  now.  Ring  finger  on  my  right  hand  developed  painful  swelling  beside  the  fingernail,  for  which  I  was  prescribed  antibiotics.  Antibiotics  did  not  help,  and  I  finally  had  to  go  for  minor  surgery.  The  fingernail  was  removed,  and  an  incision  was  made  on  the  side  of  the  fingertip  to  drain  the  pus.  
 I  am  sharing  this  with  you  fellow  hobbyists,  as  this  condition  is  often  misdiagonised,  and  patients  receive  wrong  treatment.  Would  like  to  hear  from  any  fellow  hobbyists  who  underwent  treatment  for  this  kind  of  finger  infection.
 A  link  providing  medical  advice:
 http://www.aquatouch.com/Granuloma.htm
 Also,  just  do  a  google  search  for  "fish  tank  granuloma".  And  my  advice  to  you  is:
 Wear  rubber  gloves  when  cleaning  your  tank
 Don't  bite  your  nails
 Don't  work  on  your  tank  if  you  have  any  punctures,  cuts  or  other  wounds  on  your  hands
 Wash  your  hands  thoroughly  after  working  on  your  tank
 Avoid  swallowing  water  from  the  tank.  If  you  start  a  siphon  with  your  mouth,  spit  out  any  water  that  might  enter  your  mouth.
 
 Peace  and  Healthy  fish-keeping!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:02 pm Post subject: Re: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 Hi  Talle-Simha,
 Does  this  affect  the  only  the  saltwater  part  of  the  hobby  or  both  FW  &  Marine  hobbyists  are  in  trouble?
 Though  it  is  better  to  wash  the  hands  before  &  after  cleaning  or  dipping  your  hands  in  aquarium.I  also  remember  Trevor  telling  that  fishes  &  plants  remain  healthy  if  you  refrain  from  immersing  your  hands  in  aquariums  often!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:03 pm Post subject: Re: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 What  did  the  culture  test  of  the  pus  removed  indicate?  Were  they  able  to  identify  Mycobacterium  in  the  culture  test?
 
 Fish  Tank  Granulaoma  requires  treatment  over  a  long  period  with  multiple  antibiotics.
 Are  you  still  taking  multiple  antibiotics?  Which  fish  did  you  handle?  Do  you  routinely  handle  Marine  Fish?
 
 I  don't  think  you  had  a  Mycobacterium  infection  aka  Fish  tank  granulaoma,  or  aka  fish  TB,  however  some  other  nasty  bacteria  could  get  you,  though  a  rare  occurance  prevention  is  better  than  cure.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 8:22 pm Post subject: Re: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 Babu,  from  what  I  read,  it  affects  both  fresh  and  marine  tanks.  
 Madan,  the  doc  did  not  test  the  pus...it  was  a  thick  yellow  colour.  I  have  just  completed  my  regimen  of  antibiotics,  and  the  finger  seems  to  be  healing.  It  may  not  have  been  a  mycobacterium  infection,  like  you  said,  some  nasty  strep  or  staph  bacteria  could  have  gotten  in  through  a  small  wound.  I  had  a  hunch  that  I  picked  up  this  infection  from  my  fish  tanks  because  in  the  3  days  prior  to  the  infection  appearing,  I  did  quite  a  bit  of  cleaning  and  redecorating  of  my  tanks.  Also,  I  do  bite  my  nails!!!  I  keep  only  freshwater  fish.  I  have  around  5  tanks.  Occupants  include  goldfish,  swordtails,  mollies,  fighters,  gouramis,  tiger  sharks,  black  ghost,  corys  and  suckermouth  loaches.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:00 pm Post subject: Re: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 Thanks  guys  for  the  valuable  information.  As  some  of  us  clean  the  aquarium  with  cut  wounds  which  we  will  get  while  using  blades.  Ofcourse  it  is  is  so  important  to  know  such  things  as   this  may  end  in  quitting  the  hobby  too  b'cos  of  family  pressure.
 
 
 Prevention  is  better  than  cure.
 
 
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:05 pm Post subject: Re: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 An  odd  cleaning  with  a  cut  will  not  give  you  granuloma,  it's  only  with  prolonged  contact  with  infected  fish  that  your  chances  of  contracting  it  marginally  increase.
 
 I  too  bite  my  nails  and  an  infection  like  you  had  could  have  been  contracted  from  anywhere,  including  simply  scratching  yourself.
 
 Take  care  but  there  is  no  need  to  panic.  There  are  a  couple  of  old  threads  somewhere  in  the  forums  with  a  discussion  on  this.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:17 pm Post subject: Re: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 I  too  would  second  Madan  on  this.  Not  like  fish  TB.
 
 What  you  had  is  an  infection  of  the  nail  bed  -  the  part  of  the  finger  just  below  the  nail.  Painful  for  the  patient  and  painful  for  the  pocket!!
 
 Overall  fish  tb  is  rarely  contracted  by  humans  but  of  course  an  aquarist  is  at  a  greater  risk  that  the  average  guy.  The  actual  risk  is  still  low.
 
 Cuts  can  of  course  get  infected  if  wet  -  regardless  of  whether  the  source  of  the  water  is  a  fish  tank  or  not.  
 
 All  said  and  done  if  I  have  a  cut  on  my  finger  I  go  ahead  with  the  aquarium  maintenance  as  usual  but  I  keep  a  close  eye  on  the  cut  till  it  forms  a  firm  dry  dark  scab.  
 
 deepesh
 
 PS:  I  have  also  noticed  that  the  cuts  and  wounds  that  I  would  watch  and  clean  regularly  would  usually  get  infected,  those  that  I  forgot  would  heal  without  any  probs.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 1:25 am Post subject: Re: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 Hi  Madan  and  Deepesh,  you  are  quite  right  in  what  you  say.  I've  been  keeping  fish  for  just  about  3  months  now  (but  already  addicted  Thumbs Up).  I  also  play  bass  guitar  for  a  heavy  metal  band,  so  my  fingers  do  go  through  a  lot  of  abuse!  This  is  the  first  time  I  have  experienced  this  finger  infection,  and  after  reading  up,  I  felt  it  was  possibly  caused  by  this  new-found  aquarium  hobby  of  mine.  No  need  to  panic,  but  I  just  thought  it  Â might  be  good  if  I  let  other  aquarium  owners  know  that  they  should  ideally  take  some  precuations  when  performing  tank  maintenance,  specially  if  your  hand  is  wounded.  Like  Jackson  says,  you  may  cut  your  finger  using  a  blade  (I  suppose  you  could  cut  your  finger  if  you  were  careless  while  removing  old  silicon  glue  when  repairing  a  tank).
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 5:11 pm Post subject: Re: FISH TANK GRANULOMA - Hobbyist's health hazard! Reply with quote

 Thanks
 
 Now  that  you  mention  it  I  can  see  your  point  in  posting.
 
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