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

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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 hours …

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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.

  • Patient consent for publication Parental/guardian consent obtained.

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

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