Treating a coral scrape?
July 25, 2014 4:00 PM Subscribe
I got tangled up with some elkhorn coral in Belize yesterday and got a couple of scrapes. What do I do now?
It was scrubbed pretty clean with alcohol on the boat, then again with antiseptic soap and dressed. It actually doesn't look very bad, its just a surface scrape, it's scabbed over, though the edges are still bright red. I went to a doctor in Mexico and he said it looks fine, but gave me dicloxicillin 'for prevention'. He emphasized that I don't need it, though.
Should I take the antibiotic now or wait to see if it starts to look bad? I googled and it doesn't seem to be the right kind of antibiotic for a salt water infection.
I'll be back in the us next Sunday. Is this something that I can just kinda watch and keep cleaning until next Sunday? I googled it and read a lot about infections, but I don't know how worried I should be.
I know I should see a doctor but I'm in a part of Mexico where people don't speak English and my Spanish is not good so I'm not sure the doctor understood me well.