Difference between revisions of "Phylum porifera"

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==Background==
 
==Background==
 
*Also known as "sponges"
 
*Also known as "sponges"
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==Clinical Features==
 
==Clinical Features==
 
* Symptoms caused by contact with sponge
 
* Symptoms caused by contact with sponge
* Pruritic dermatitis and rarely erythema multiforme or anaphylactoid reaction
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* Pruritic dermatitis and rarely [[erythema multiforme]] or anaphylactoid reaction
 
* Reaction appears between 10 minutes and a few hours of contact  
 
* Reaction appears between 10 minutes and a few hours of contact  
 
* Starts with pruritis and burning  
 
* Starts with pruritis and burning  
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==Management==
 
==Management==
 
* Gently dry skin
 
* Gently dry skin
* Attempt to remove small spicules imbedded in skin
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* Attempt to remove small spicules embedded in skin
 
** May use adhesive tape  
 
** May use adhesive tape  
 
* Use 5% acetic acid (vinegar) soaks to affected area 10-30 minutes 3-4 times daily  
 
* Use 5% acetic acid (vinegar) soaks to affected area 10-30 minutes 3-4 times daily  
** If unavailable may use 40-70% isopropyl alcohol  
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** If unavailable may use 40-70% [[isopropyl alcohol]]
* Topical steroids may relieve secondary inflammation  
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* [[Topical steroids]] may relieve secondary inflammation  
* Tetanus prophylaxis  
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* [[Tetanus prophylaxis]]
 
* Close follow up for wound checks to monitor for infection
 
* Close follow up for wound checks to monitor for infection
  

Revision as of 09:41, 27 May 2019

Phylum porifera.jpg

Background

  • Also known as "sponges"

Life and Habitat

  • Approximately 5000 species of sponge
  • Generally stationary and attach to see floor or coral beds

Relevant species

  • Most common Tedania ignis (Hawaiian or West Indian fire sponge)
    • Found in Florida and Hawaii
  • Fibula nolitangere (poison bun sponge)
  • Microciona prolifera (red moss sponge)

Clinical Features

  • Symptoms caused by contact with sponge
  • Pruritic dermatitis and rarely erythema multiforme or anaphylactoid reaction
  • Reaction appears between 10 minutes and a few hours of contact
  • Starts with pruritis and burning
    • May progress to local edema, proximal joint swelling, or vesiculation
    • When large areas of skin are involved, patients can have fever, malaise, dizziness, nausea, muscle cramps
  • Mild reactions resolve in 3-7 days

Differential Diagnosis

Marine toxins, envenomations, and bites

Evaluation

Management

  • Gently dry skin
  • Attempt to remove small spicules embedded in skin
    • May use adhesive tape
  • Use 5% acetic acid (vinegar) soaks to affected area 10-30 minutes 3-4 times daily
  • Topical steroids may relieve secondary inflammation
  • Tetanus prophylaxis
  • Close follow up for wound checks to monitor for infection

Disposition

See Also

External Links

References

  • Auerbach PS, DiTullio AE. Envenomation by Aquatic Invertebrates. In Auerbach PS, Cushing TA, Harris NS. Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017: 1679 – 1682.