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    Catfish Sting Treatment

    Call 911 if: 

    • The person is having trouble breathing.

    1. Get the Person Out of the Water

    2. Do CPR if the Person Is Not Breathing

    3. Clean Wound

    • Use tweezers to remove all catfish spines.
    • Scrub wound with soap and water.
    • Rinse extensively with fresh or salt water.

    4. Submerge Wound in Hot Water

    • Soak for at least 30 minutes in water as hot as the person can tolerate.

    5. Do Not Cover Wound

    6. Treat Pain

    7. See a Doctor As Soon As Possible

    8. Follow Up

    • The doctor will clean and treat the wound and may give a tetanus shot, if needed.
    • The person may receive pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on September 12, 2015

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