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Fire coral dermatitis
  1. Diane Xu1,
  2. Joanna Coghill2,
  3. Nigel P Burrows3
  1. 1 University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge, UK
  2. 2 Department of Child Health, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, UK
  3. 3 Dermatology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Diane Xu, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge, UK; dx213{at}

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A 7-year-old, Caucasian female was snorkelling in the Sulu sea around Borneo, when her right anterior thigh made contact with fire coral (Millepora spp). She described a sharp sting and an excruciatingly painful urticarial rash subsequently developed (figure 1, left). Five nematocysts were removed from the anterior thigh. Vinegar and an antiseptic cream were applied immediately. Six …

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  • DX, JC and NPB contributed equally.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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