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skin breakout after aquarium maintenance.....

Hello. Earlier today-after doing some plant maintenance.I noticed maybe 8 or 10 tiny bumps that were very itchy on the arm that I had just had in my aquarium. They weren't there until after I was done.........anyone else on here experienced this? My aquariums are both freshwater......plants are amazon swords. Cabomba.anacharis.pennyworth.various crypts.and Java ferns and Java moss. I use API carbon boost.and Tetra brand ferts
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Always wash your hands and arms after playing in the tank. My wife tends to get itchy little bumps after doing aquarium maintenance unless she washes her exposed skin immediately afterwards.

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Swimmers rash. I get it if I scrape my arms up on the trim or get rough with the towel drying off. Tends to happen during a rescape/fish chase.
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Swimmers rash. I get it if I scrape my arms up on the trim or get rough with the towel drying off. Tends to happen during a rescape/fish chase.
Can get really bad if you've also scraped any nuisance algae from glass, etc. Depends on your overall skin sensitivity and any particular allergies you may not know you have. I can rub poison ivy on my arms, but once the oak leaves pop in May, I need a box of tissues strapped to my hip. When I had SW tanks, I never had issues handling Palythoa. Eventually read stories about folks that ended up in the ER from just sticking their hands in the same water.
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This usually happens to me when my hands are in my SW tanks too long, or when I'm mixing saltwater. The salt mix irritates my hands and arms a bit. I also have pretty bad dry skin, and my hands will be red and raw after doing tank maintenance not only from being in the tank, but from all the scubbing I do to my hands in the sink afterwards when washing them.
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This is why I don't do saltwater. lol
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yup wash throughly after all the time...algae, spores, bacteria, you never know whats in there. Freshwater does not always mean it is fresh enough for you to drink...
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yup wash throughly after all the time...algae, spores, bacteria, you never know whats in there. Freshwater does not always mean it is fresh enough for you to drink...
Nah, if it's got Purigen you should be fine.
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Same exact thing happens to me. I got an allergy test done a while back where they prick your arms a billion times and I was allergic to some ridiculous amount of plants so I'm assuming I'm allergic to something in my tank as well. I usually wash my hands and arms right after I'm done then rub lotion on the irritated skin and it's all good after that!
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Be on a lookout in case the rash spreads and you get swollen lymph nodes- these are symptoms of Fish TB and you'd need to go to your doctor for treatment as it's one of the few things that we can actually catch from fish. I've known a few people who came down with it, they had to go on the same medication used to treat "normal" human TB.

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look up Allergic contact dermatitis. Probably what it is. Do you have a picture?
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Yeah, chances are that's NOT it- but people do need to be aware, as it IS out there :/

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Myco(fish TB) wouldn't show up that fast. It will take the form of an open sore, or single larger red bump. In my experience anyway.
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Hello. Earlier today-after doing some plant maintenance.I noticed maybe 8 or 10 tiny bumps that were very itchy on the arm that I had just had in my aquarium. They weren't there until after I was done.........anyone else on here experienced this? My aquariums are both freshwater......plants are amazon swords. Cabomba.anacharis.pennyworth.various crypts.and Java ferns and Java moss. I use API carbon boost.and Tetra brand ferts
If your tanks have aphids, they could get onto your arm and try to pierce through your skin to suck up plant sap via their rostrum:




Aphids are known to transmit plant viruses. Here is an illustration (containing page):




Your itchy sensation could be caused by the insects trying to pierce through your skin with their rostrum. Your skin bumps could be your body's immune response to the transmitted plant viruses.
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