One of the most common injuries in the marine environment is the stings caused by Cnidarians including jellyfish, the Portuguese man of war, hydroids, sea anemones, and coral. Corals are a member of the class Anthozoa, which is composed of many calcified polyps that containing tentacles with nematocysts, venom-filled cells that are responsible for stings and lacerations. Coral injuries present with acute reactions such as pain, erythema, and swelling and may also be complicated by foreign-body reactions, secondary bacterial infections, and/or localized eczematous reactions.
Herein we report a case of cellulitis associated with coral injury of the ankle of 23-year-old man who had been wounded during skin-scuba diving in island of Hainan, China 2 days before his presentation to our clinic.
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