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Catfish Sting

Catfish Sting Overview

Catfish are a distinctive type of fish that have whiskers protruding from the area around the mouth. They also have external spines near their fins. Catfish are often found in muddy rivers, lakes, and on beaches in tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters. These fish are not aggressive. People stung by catfish are usually fishing or bathing when they make contact with a catfish, usually by stepping on it or handling the fish after it has been caught. Both salt- and fresh-water catfish are dangerous. Each has three spines and a stinging apparatus.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/7/2014
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