Itchy Skin Rash After Skin Abrasion

by Candi

Itchy Skin Rash on Leg

Itchy Skin Rash on Leg

I was scuba diving in St. Martin and scraped my leg on a rock at the bottom of the ocean. It may have been coral instead of a rock but I didn't really think anything of it so I didn't look at it. When I came up from the dive, my leg was scratched and bleeding a little bit. The cuts on my leg healed and then dry skin formed and now it has turned into this horribly itchy skin rash. It has only been a week but I am confused about how it appeared to be healing very well at first and then all of a sudden it became an itchy skin rash. I was thinking bacterial infection, but I am unsure since it seemed to be healing so well for the first four days.

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Jun 14, 2022
Coral and Puffy/Itchy Rash
by: Anonymous

I was snorkeling in St. Croix and accidentally brushed against some coral. It has been a few weeks and I am now stuck with the same puffy/itchy rash on my leg.

Dec 25, 2019
Coral Scrape
by: Anonymous

I had same thing after snorkeling off of Bonaire. I noticed the dry blistery bumps on my knee and hip where I was pushed up against old coral. The bumps were not really getting better after 8 days. So I started putting Bragg's Apple Cider vinegar on it (is an anti inflammatory) and then a coat of castor oil after vinegar dries. It has improved immensely in two days compared to how bad it was to begin with. I think my natural cure stuff will do the job but this may not work for you. Check with a physician if you have concerns about using this treatment.

May 27, 2019
Rash From Scrape on Dead Coral
by: Anonymous

I just returned from Cuba 3 weeks ago and have a rash on my shin from a scrape on some dead coral during a snorkeling excursion. There are no signs of it worsening or improving at this point but I have not been to my doctor yet.

Jul 17, 2018
by: Candi

I posted the first post with the picture and just wanted to update even though it's been such a long time, maybe someone will benefit.

I never went to the doctor and there was not anything I ever put on it topically that made it better. But, it went away on its own. It took a few months though, maybe three. So, for anyone that has had this even for a couple months and is very frustrated, just give it a little more time.

Jul 16, 2018
Rash after Scratching Leg on Coral
by: Anonymous

I went snorkeling in St. Croix and just like everyone else here I scratched my leg with coral and it began bleeding but it left an odd shaped rash that hasn’t gone away.

Feb 25, 2018
Same Kind of Scrape
by: Anonymous

I too got scraped swimming in Moorea by a rock in the sea about nine days ago. It is itchy and weeping. I will try cortisone before going to the doctor.

Jan 16, 2018
Same Itchy Rash after Abrasion in Ocean
by: Anonymous

I just think it is interesting that we all are experiencing this after a minor scrape in the ocean, mine in Hawaii. If someone could update on what happened to theirs, that would be awesome.

Jan 11, 2018
by: Anonymous

I have this right now! It is so gross and I was so worried. But maybe mine will go away too. I literally have it in the EXACT same spot. On the same leg.

Aug 08, 2017
Reappearing Skin Rash after Skin Abrasion
by: Anonymous

Exact same here. I went to Greece snorkeling and scraped my arm on a rock. The rash (same as in the picture) went away soon after but it keeps reappearing.

Jul 22, 2014
My Experience as an Amateur Snorkeler
by: Anonymous

I got a rash just like everyone else is describing while I was snorkeling in St Thomas. I bumped my knee into a rock and bled a little bit. The wound is now dry but I have marks on my skin.

Aug 28, 2013
Same Rash After Snorkeling Scrape Up
by: Anonymous

So glad I found this. I was becoming concerned about the rash on my thigh. I was also snorkeling recently in Navarre, FL and got scraped up on my upper thigh. However, it wasn't until about five days later that a very similar rash (as above pictured) appeared! I've been using Neosporin on it and it has actually made it worse. Guess I should just stick with the cortisone.

May 20, 2013
Same thing!
by: Anonymous

Yes, I have the same thing. I went diving and grazed my leg on some coral a week ago. It bled a bit but the scratches healed within 4 to 5 days. Now I have this crazy itchy, bumpy rash. I will see what happens in a week's time.

Jan 29, 2012
It went away!
by: Candi

I am the person that originally posted this. The rash went away and I never ended up having to go to a doctor. Just use hydrocortisone if it itches and be patient. It took awhile to go away though, a couple months maybe to go away completely. Who knows what it was.

Jan 25, 2012
Itchy Rash After Coral Scratch
by: Anonymous

I scratched my leg on coral in Maldives over Christmas. It has healed but now I have an itchy rash too! Did yours go away?

May 28, 2011
Same Itchy Skin Rash after Abrasion Happened to Me!
by: Anonymous

I just got the same thing in St Martin! What did you do that helped? Did it go away?

Jan 11, 2011
by: Anonymous

I let it go for a little over a week and then it started to heal on it's own. I put hydrocortisone cream on it only when it was very itchy. Other than that I didn't do anything at all. I can still see it but it's almost gone. I'd leave it for a week or so and if it doesn't improve or gets worse I'd go to the doctor.

Jan 10, 2011
Similar Cut when Snorkeling
by: Anonymous

Hi, I recently went snorkeling and cut my arm on rock/coral and now have a similar condition. Did your bumps go away by themselves or should I go to the doctor to get it looked at.


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