Is there an infection that a person can get from being stuck from a rose bush thorn?
I was stuck in my wrist right on top of the vein, now I have a red knot that hurts a little. My sisters mother-in-laws ex-husband had to have an operation for the same thing and now has a very ugly scar.
Sporotrichosis: Sporothrix schenckii. Our old friend, the skin infection, “rose thorn disease.”
Who gets sporotrichosis?
Persons handling thorny plants, sphagnum moss, or baled hay are at increased risk of getting sporotrichosis. Outbreaks have occurred among nursery workers handling sphagnum moss, rose gardeners, children playing on baled hay, and greenhouse workers handling bayberry thorns contaminated by the fungus. A number of cases have occurred among nursery workers, especially workers handling sphagnum moss topiaries.
What are the symptoms of sporotrichosis?
The first symptom is usually a small painless bump resembling an insect bite. It can be red, pink, or purple in color. The bump (nodule) usually appears on the finger, hand, or arm where the fungus first enters through a break on the skin. This is followed by one or more additional bumps or nodules which open and may resemble boils. Eventually lesions look like open sores (ulcerations) and are very slow to heal. Pneumonia rarely occurs as a result of inhalation of fungal spores, and can cause symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough and fever. The infection can spread to other parts of the body, including bones and joints and the central nervous system.
If I have symptoms should I see my doctor?
Yes. It is important for the diagnosis to be confirmed by a doctor so that proper treatment can be provided.