Fishhook Injuries - Topic Overview
Even if you fish carefully,
you may get a
fishhook in your skin. A fishhook is a curved, sharp instrument placed on a lure or line
to catch fish. Some fishhooks have a barb near the tip that keeps the fish on the hook. You can also use a barbless fishhook, which may reduce the chance of a fishhook
Fishhook injuries often occur
when you remove a slippery, flopping fish from your line. Injury may also occur
when you are casting a line, when another person is casting a line, or if you walk
barefoot near fishing gear. The chance of a fishhook injury increases if you
are not familiar with fishing gear.
Most fishhook injuries puncture
the skin of the face, scalp, fingers, back, or ears. Home treatment can help
you remove a fishhook that is not too deep. It is
clean the puncture wound well to help prevent
A fishhook can cause other problems if it enters the
eye, muscles, tendons, ligaments, or bones. A fishhook injury is more serious
- A fishhook is in or near an eye, so it's important to know first aid measures.
- A barb can't be removed using home
- Bleeding is
severe or can't be stopped.
- The wound is
big enough to
- Blood vessels, nerves,
joints, or bones are injured. Injuries to these areas
- Numbness or tingling.
- Pale, white, blue, or cold skin.
- Decreased ability to
move the area.
- Signs of infection develop, such as
redness, swelling, or pus. A puncture from a fishhook is often dirty from
marine bacteria, which increases the chance of a
tetanus immunization is not current.
Check your symptoms to decide if and when you
should see a doctor.