Marine animal stings or bites - Treatment
Stings - marine animals; Bites - marine animals
- Wear gloves, if possible, when removing stingers.
- Wipe off stingers or tentacles with a towel.
- Wash the area with salt water.
- Soak the wound in as hot of water as the patient can tolerate for 30 - 90 minutes, if told to do so by trained personnel.
- For some types of stings/bites, you may be told to apply vinegar or a meat tenderizer/water solution to neutralize the venom.
- Do NOT attempt to remove stingers without protecting your own hands.
- Do NOT raise the affected body part above the level of the heart.
- Do NOT allow the patient to exercise.
- Do NOT give any medication, unless told to do so by a health care provider.
Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if:
Seek medical help (call 911 or your local emergency number) if the person has difficulty breathing, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, or uncontrolled bleeding, if the sting site develops swelling or discoloration, or for other body-wide (generalized) symptoms.
- Reviewed last on: 1/13/2010
- Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Otten EJ. Venomous animal injuries. In: Marx JA, ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 59.
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