Staph Infection

Infection of cuts and scrapes is very common, with cuts from live coral particularly prone to infection. If you get a scrape, as soon as you can, cleanse the wound thoroughly (getting out all the little bits of coral or dirt), apply an antiseptic and cover with a dressing. You can get back in the water with these kinds of cuts, but healing time will be prolonged if you do. Change the dressing regularly, never let it sit wet and check often for signs of infection.