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How soon do you get symptoms of fish-handler's disease?

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The disease generally develops 2-7 days after injury to the skin and bacterial infection.

  • A sharply defined, red-purple circular area appears and surrounds the puncture.
  • The area of injury grows in diameter by about half an inch per day.
  • You may also have pain, burning, itching, and swelling at the infection site; joint stiffness; and lymph node.

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Fish-Handler's Disease from eMedicineHealth.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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Fish-Handler's Disease from eMedicineHealth.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on July 24, 2018

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