Catfish Sting (cont.)
Catfish Sting Symptoms
Severe pain and inflammation occur at the site of the sting.
Catfish Sting Treatment
Immerse the affected area in water as hot as is tolerable usually relieves pain from a sting.
Spines should be removed with tweezers.
The wound should be scrubbed and irrigated with fresh water.
The wound should not be taped or sewn together.
Oral antibiotics are usually recommended for catfish stings that become infected. Antibiotics should be taken if infection develops for at least five days after all signs of infection have resolved. Potential drug allergies should be checked prior to starting any antibiotic. A doctor can recommend the appropriate antibiotic. Some antibiotics can cause sensitivity to the sun, so a sunscreen (at least SPF 15) is also recommended for use with such antibiotics.
Pain associated with a catfish sting may be relieved with one to two acetaminophen (Tylenol) every four hours and/or one to two ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) every six to eight hours.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/7/2014
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
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