Originally Posted by taylorg
so if my fish is sick and i have a open cut on my hand(which i do from a stupid cat bite) and i do and water change(which i just did) can i get sick ?????
You'll only get an infection in your hand if the disease is Fish TB
, which is totally treatable. The symptoms in fish can be found about if you do a 'google' search on the subject 'fish TB'.
The symptoms on humans are a small red limp which appears (usually on the affected hand) and doesn't get better but steadily increases in size. if this is the case see a Dr, as it is totally treable with the antibiotic Doxycycline, but can progress to the lymph nodes and cause severe illness if untreated.
A water change will not help, in my experience.......I've tried and tried that..........
If you have cuts or lacerations on your hands I'd always follow the precaution of wearing disposable household gloves
, available from the supermarket or a chemist. Better to be safe than sorry!.
My problem in water seeping over the gloves is only because I have a large tank and large fish. Normally the gloves will protect your hands. My problem of water seeping over is 'cos the tank's very tall...............I nedd extra long gloves as a result.......
, just get 'googling' and look it all up, you'll find lots of information here.
Good luck with the cat bite damage/ I'm a dog person!/ cat's can be nasty little creatures/ one approached my german sheoherd specifically to scratch her on the nose.... She now HATES CATS! (although I tried to teach her to leave them alone!).............BAD LUCK!