Sometimes what’s in the river wants to eat you for dinner!
That’s my left hand. I’ve been fishing a couple times in the last week and at one point had both hands in the Iowa River cleaning fish. Within days, I broke out in a rash and, with each passing day, it increased in severity. Initially, I blamed some discount jerky that had a nasty flavor. It had been recalled for food allergy problems so I assumed the skin problem was due to something I ate – the new jerky. After discontinuing the beef jerky, the rash worsened significantly.
Tonight I visited the University of Iowa Hospital. One of the doctors was puzzled about what was causing the problems with the hands and arms. A second doctor came in and asked me what I had been doing recently. I told him fishing. He confirmed that both hands had been in the river water. It appears that I had picked up a bacteria that was enjoying having me for dinner. Though not terribly common, he had seen that problem before, particularly in the spring of the year. Such bacteria love diabetic people with weakened immune systems. The treatment will be ten days of antibiotics (sulfameth/trimethoprim 800/160).
I have to admit to having been lazy with the post-fishing hygiene. After the last fishing, I rinsed both hands off in the river and had eaten dinner. Not a good idea though it’s never been a problem in all these years. From now on I plan to use sanitizer following a soap and water washing.
Hopefully none of you will have this same experience… It is annoying and a little uncomfortable.
Have a good week!