What should I do if I cut myself while swimming at the beach?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Seashell, barnacle, or coral cuts can cause a serious infection. Wash, disinfect and talk to your doc about antibiotic treatment—and do it promptly. Don't ignore it.

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