Cutaneous Manifestations Following Exposures to Marine Life Clinical Presentation

Updated: Nov 03, 2022
  • Author: Zoltan Trizna, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients can usually recall the circumstances of the encounter and the immediate sequelae. The encounter is usually noted because of either sudden trauma or an immediate stinging or burning pain. Dermatitis accompanied by local pain or systemic symptoms usually follows.

Recent travels and recreational activities are relevant. Ask about preexisting wounds, which can provide a portal of entry for infections. Some professions may ignore the risk of such infections.



Most of the cutaneous sequelae of aqueous exposure resolve without severe long-term problems. Pigmentary changes and scarring may occur. Functional limitation and disfigurement may be observed, and these can be treated (see Surgical Care). Delayed-type reactions may require treatment.