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Easy to use Berthing & Mooring Aids for Power and Sail Boats

TREATING OYSTER CUTS

Many years ago we arrived at South Molle Island for the first time and anchored off the resort at low tide. We wished to visit the resort and I hopped into the dinghy and ran in as far as possible before stepping out of the dinghy to anchor it amongst the rocks and coral. This turned out being a poor choice as I had to walk some distance over the rocks to the sandy beach and consequently my feet were cut by the sharp oyster shells. Nevertheless I wrapped some old rags around my feet and proceeded to the resort office to seek permission to visit the resort.

The guy behind the desk welcomed us to the resort and gave me some information brochures.

“What happened to your feet, they look as though they are bleeding?” he asked.

“I cut them on the oyster rocks, but I’ll fix them up with some sticking plaster when I get back to the boat.”  I knew though that they would become very painful next morning even with disinfectant and dressings applied. I had experienced oyster cuts before.

“The best way to fix them is to scrub them clean with a nail brush and then squeeze lemon juice into the cuts, we do that all the time.” he responded.

I thanked him for the advice but suspected that he may have been having a bit of fun at my expense.

When I returned to the boat, we prepared to go ashore for dinner when the tide rose enough for us to land the dinghy on the sand rather than the rocks. We had a great night but my feet were becoming increasingly more painful and I could well imagine how bad they would be by morning, so when we returned to the boat I thought, “Any port in a storm”, gritted my teeth, scrubbed the wounds and applied the lemon juice to them, which brought tears to my eyes (not tears of joy though). I thought I had been scammed.

When I awoke next morning, I fully expected to find the cuts bright red, badly infected and exceedingly painful. This was not the case, there was no swelling or any sign of infection. My feet were virtually pain free and instead of the cuts being red, they were white.

I went ashore and thanked the guy at the desk for his wonderful advice.

For the next few days I kept up the treatment regime and was able to enjoy the trip without further problems. I now routinely carry lemon juice aboard. If you don’t suffer with oyster cuts, it is great with seafood.

The treatment works with coral abrasions as well. Apparently the acetic acid in the lemon juice dissolves calcium fragments in the wound which contain infection causing organisms. I also bought a pair of reef boots for all crew.