I stopped emptying my tank for a while, and although i used gloves, when the algae eater started vacuuming the frog, I tried desparately to get that out of the tank, and my arms inevitably got wet when the Molly's and the Platy's had babies I had to get into the barrier. Then I had a rash on my wrists that slowly increased to a severe infection that by first glance was misdiagnosed as a staff infection. It progressed to crusty patches of scabbed skin. I began Biaxin and Doxycycline and responded well for an infection that can last up until 6 months to 1 year. By the time I went to the specialist, he did not even believe me when I told him what I had. However, I did unfortunately tend to pick the scabs until I started wrapping up my arm I am scared now because there is severe scaring, and I am waiting hopefully for another scab, or some miracle since I lost my Vit E bottle to help with the scarring that almost resembles a chemical burn on my arm and is unsightly and I am a no sleeveless girl all year. Can someone that has had this disease or has knowledge of micobacterium malerium tell me how I can help get my normal skin back. LIKE I DO NOT KNOW IF MY INSURANCE WILL COVER A SKIN GRAFT--DO THEY HURT. HELP
First you have to completely clear the infection. Then you need to wait at least a year infection free. That will give you plenty of time to check for doctors and look at your insurance benefits. During that time the skin will repair what it is able.
Sorry you had such an experience. I raised tropical fish for decades and never had a problem. But good to know. I sure would not like to get such an infection now. Still have the platy?
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