In the event of a bite from a dog, monkey, cat, or other animal and you are in a rabies-infected country, seek medical attention immediately. You may need post-exposure vaccination even if you have been previously immunised against rabies.
The treatment for coral cuts is the same as for normal wounds except that invisible particles of coral and marine slime often contaminate the wound. It is important to clean and treat even small coral cuts by:
Do not be tempted to ignore minor wounds. In the tropics, minor cuts and scratches can easily become infected if not treated properly and tropical ulcers can be hard to cure.
Pain, swelling, redness, or a discharge from the wound is an indication it is infected and may need to be treated with antibiotics. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.