Stingray Injury Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on March 15, 2024
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See Severe Allergic Reaction Treatment.

  • While still in water, irrigate the 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.
  • Apply pressure above the wound if it is bleeding.
  • Hot water inactivates any remaining venom and may relieve pain.
  • Do not soak in hot water for more than 90 minutes as the skin can burn.


  • Clean with soap and water.
  • Apply dressing. Do not tape it closed.
  • 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 the possibility of infection.