So let’s talk about coral. We know it looks beautiful, it is endangered and if we want to keep it we really need to take more care of this world! But did you also know coral is the reason a lot of (kite)surfers get injuries while being on kitesurf vacation? Check how you can treat a coral cut, below!
On Instagram I met @KITETASTIC , also known as Maren. Just like me, Maren also had been through surgery & couldn’t kite. Her story started with bumping into coral… Fun fact is a lot of kitesurfers bump into coral. (I’ve done it too.) Most of us West Europeans don’t know the dangers of bumping into coral when we visit a warm foreign country for the first time to kite. If you’re a reader, keep reading. If you’re a listener, listen to our conversation in the video link below. Maren is going to share her story with us!
“My name is Maren, I am 36 years old. I’m from Germany and I start kitesurfing one year ago. This year, at the end of August, I was in El Gouna in Egypt. It was my first time there. It also was my first time being at a kite spot with warm shallow water. I was so excited to go kiting that first day! So, I made everything ready and jumped into the water… Go go go, get on that board!
QUIZ: What do you know about coral?
So, how to clean a cut made by coral:
- Clean the cut thoroughly and as hard as possible. (You can use a toothbrush for this.) Rinse the cut with clean sweet water as soon as possible.
- If it is stinging then you can rinse it with a form of acetic acid to reduce the effect of toxins from the coral. (Most use vinegar for this, but I was scrubbed with lemon.)
- Rinse the cut daily and apply an antibiotic on to it.
- Antibiotics are recommended, so you better see a doctor. He/She can tell you if you need it.
- If you have pain you can take some pain medication.
Just like Maren said, it’s best to stay away from it, for both parties. 🙂