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    Stingray Injury Treatment

    Call 911 if the person has symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, such as:

    • Difficulty breathing
    • Tightness in throat
    • Itching
    • Nausea
    • Fast pulse
    • Dizziness
    • Loss of consciousness

    See Severe Allergic Reaction Treatment.

    1. Bathe Wound in Seawater and Remove Pieces

    • While still in water, irrigate wound to remove fragments of spine and tissue.
    • Get the person out of the water.
    • Gently manually remove obvious pieces of spine. Do not remove pieces of spine from the neck, chest, or abdomen

    2. Stop Bleeding

    • Apply pressure above the wound if it is bleeding.

    3. Soak Wound in Hot Water For Pain Relief

    • Hot water inactivates any remaining venom and may relieve pain.
    • Do not soak in hot water more than 90 minutes as the skin can burn

    4. Scrub Wound

    • Clean with soap and water.
    • Apply dressing. Do not tape it closed.

    5. Go to a Hospital Emergency Room

    6. Follow Up

    • At the hospital, the barb and remnants of stingray spine will be removed.
    • X-rays and CT scans may be done.
    • A tetanus shot may be administered, if necessary.
    • An antibiotic and pain reliever may be prescribed.
    • Closely watch the wound as it heals for possibility of infection.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 23, 2015

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