Anyone who comes in close contact with aquariums at home or work should be aware of a common infection caused by bacteria in non-chlorinated water. “Mycobacterium marinum” infection occurs when bacteria in the aquarium water enters an open skin wound on the arm or hand. Diagnosis of the infection is complicated by the fact that it takes two to four weeks of incubation before skin lesions appear. By that time, most patients forget what the source of exposure was. Thus, while antibiotic treatment is effective in treating the infection, it often gets delayed unless patients are questioned by a doctor who has sufficient knowledge about mycobacterium marinum and its prolonged incubation period to ask the right questions.

Dermatology is the only medical specialty dedicated solely to the care of your skin. Our goal here is to make sure that all clients are well educated about their condition and treatment options as well as comfortable with the procedures chosen and services rendered. For more information, call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. Our office is conveniently located at 103 N. Haven Suite 7. We are accepting new patients and most insurance plans are accepted. We strive to provide the highest care to our patients

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board-Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Mycobacterium marinum is not life-threatening, but it remains an unrecognized cause of skin infection.