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houselikeashed Sat 16-Feb-19 23:38:54

Had to stick my arm into a prickly shrub jungle yesterday and got lots of scratches. Dh thinks I need to go to gp and get antibiotics as it’s infected. What do you reckon?

WinterfellWench Sun 17-Feb-19 19:03:35

Looks a bit better OP. Like it's scabbing over a bit. It looked more inflamed last night. Keep taking the anti h, and putting the cream on....

houselikeashed Sun 17-Feb-19 17:52:23

Ok. So I’ve taken antihistamine and have been putting antiseptic cream on.

Smotheroffive Sun 17-Feb-19 14:13:47

I ask as some bushes can cause problems if the prickles get on your skin, apart from that I wouldnt be worries and would expect it to go down, as long as you gave it a good wash after to make sure it was clean.

MrMeSeeks Sun 17-Feb-19 12:31:36

Not infected, germolene

BlackeyedGruesome Sun 17-Feb-19 11:53:17

Soak in hot salt water three times a day, put sudocreme on in between times. Looks like your body is fighting a minor infection.

If it gets a lot worse or any signs of flu like symptoms see a Dr asap.

beefthief Sun 17-Feb-19 11:52:49

I'm a doctor, and I think it could need an amputation. Get to A&E in the next few minutes or it could be all over for you.

sirmione16 Sun 17-Feb-19 11:50:47

I'd go to a pharmacist too just in case

Dinsey70 Sun 17-Feb-19 11:48:48

Is your tetanus jab up to date OP?

MitziK Sun 17-Feb-19 11:44:37

Might be worth checking the Bloody Dog out for any prickles in his paws, ears or face.

Odds are that he's absolutely fine because it's all his fault, but tiny prickles from things like Wild Rose can do horrid expensive things to animals as well if they're left in the fur/skin.

houselikeashed Sun 17-Feb-19 10:08:17

thanks everyone.
Antihistamines then.
No idea what the bush was, it was a jungle of several different types all intertwined. Dog had gone in and got his harness caught. I had to use an old fence post to bash the stuff down and then stuck my hand in to release his harness. Bloody dog!

Raspberry10 Sun 17-Feb-19 06:16:06

No your allergic to whatever it was that scratched you. Mine does that, wash it well and take some antihistamines. Should be ok in 24 hours.

TheMaddHugger Sun 17-Feb-19 04:01:24

i do agree with the others posters.

(((((((hugs)))))))) and dont scratch at it💐🌻💐

TheMaddHugger Sun 17-Feb-19 03:52:52

Windex 'll fix it 😲

DramaAlpaca Sun 17-Feb-19 02:46:32

I second sudocrem or germolene plus an antihistamine tablet, and see how it is in the morning.

Smotheroffive Sun 17-Feb-19 02:46:10

What bush OP?

justilou1 Sun 17-Feb-19 02:43:03

No. It's inflamed. You might want to soak it in warm water and soften the skin to encourage the little prickles out. Antihistamines are a good idea too.

Aquamarine1029 Sun 17-Feb-19 02:12:16

It's not infected.

houselikeashed Sun 17-Feb-19 00:33:01

Oh. A reaction. That's interesting actually, as I swear I'm becoming allergic to insect bites recently. Could scratches and bites be linked?

Defo taking some antihistamines then.

sleepylittlebunnies Sun 17-Feb-19 00:31:40

No it doesn’t look infected to me. It looks like you’ve sustained a few small spots where the surface of the skin has been broken and possibly slightly reacted to the shrubs. If it was me I’d just keep my hands clean and leave it alone as I’d sooner not put anything onto broken skin that may react.

But you could cleanse with diluted dettol and pop some antibacterial cream on it. Keep an eye on it, take some antihistamine if it is irritating you. First port of call would be pharmacist over GP.

Skittlesandbeer Sun 17-Feb-19 00:23:26

Antihistamine- looks like a classic medium level allergic reaction to me.

I’ve got some tea-tree lotion that’d clear that up quick-smart, but I’m likely on the other side of the world to you!

houselikeashed Sun 17-Feb-19 00:04:04

I think I still have two splinters left in my fingers which I keep trying to get out.

ThreeAnkleBiters Sun 17-Feb-19 00:03:10

I would take antihistamines, slather with sudocream and see a pharmacist if you're still worried. I wouldn't bother with a doctor.

houselikeashed Sun 17-Feb-19 00:02:47

is sudocreme/ germolene different to savlon?

WinterfellWench Sun 17-Feb-19 00:00:43

Also second the person who said take antihistamines.

WinterfellWench Sat 16-Feb-19 23:59:55

Happened to me last Spring when I trimmed our holly bush and got prickled to shaggery. My hands (and arms) looked just like that!!! Just have a warm shower, and as someone said, maybe put germolene over it. (Or baby lotion.) It will be OK in a day or two. Obviously if it's still bad by Monday, go see your GP.

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