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Zebra Mussels

Posted by hamiltonassociation on May 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Second Edition of Shoreline Newsletter

Zebra Mussels

How will zebra mussels affect the way we use lakes?

As zebra mussels become more abundant in our lakes, they may also affect swimming areas. You will probably have to wear foot protection, such as sandals or water socks, when swimming or wading in order to protect your feet from the sharp edges of the shells.

What should I do if I cut myself on a zebra mussel shell? Will I need a tetanus shot?

Although the shells themselves do not typically raise concerns, the mud and dirt they’re found in could be contaminated, so a tetanus shot is probably a good precaution.

Cuts, scrapes (abrasions), and puncture wounds facts:

Washing a cut or scrape with soap and water, keeping it clean and dry is all that is required to care for most wounds.

Cleaning the wound with hydrogen peroxide and iodine is acceptable initially, but can delay healing and should be avoided long-term.

Apply antibiotic ointment and keep the wound covered.

Seek medical care within 6 hours if the affected person thinks they might need stitches. Any delay can increase the rate of wound infection.

Any redness, swelling, increased pain, fever, or pus draining from the wound may indicate an infection that requires medical care.

As a Family Physician I recommend prevention. Keep your shoreline clean of debris. That includes foreign bodies that can cause injuries, such as glass, zebra mussels, shells, bottle caps, sharp sticks, and lost fishing lures. These are common objects that can cause injury to the feet. A day at grandpa and grandma’s cottage can be ruined by a screaming grandchild with a cut foot.

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