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Comment from: Me-chel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I was stung by a stingray. My husband immediately took me to urgent care because I was in so much pain. They soaked it in hot water for almost two hours. The pain finally eased up. It was x-rayed to make sure the barb was not in there. I have been put on medication. We will see what happens.

Comment from: Cheryl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

I was stung on the big toe in Costa Rica. I was near an estuary where they apparently like to gather for mating season. I didn't know what it was and thought that perhaps it was a jelly fish sting. I had heard that urine could help disinfect and/or ease the pain, so my husband helped me out with that! LOL! Well needless to say that did nothing. I rinsed it in a beachside restaurant restroom sink. A waiter saw me hobbling around and in broken English he offered me vinegar! The pain was progressively getting worse and the puncture site was turning blue and swelling and spreading. The waiter/surfer said that I should get to a doctor because it could start to cause muscle cramps and worse. Well that scared me enough to go to a clinic. There they had me lie down and soak it in the hottest water that I could handle. At this point I was sweating profusely but the pain was subsiding a little. They bathed it in super hot water for about an hour and gave me some pain killer and antibiotics. I went back to the house and soaked it for another hour and then it was fine. It did take a long time to heal as I think it got a little infected. The area was tender for a few months probably due to nerve damage.

Comment from: Dad, 55-64 Male Published: January 10

I was in Costa Rica between Christmas and New Year's when I stepped on a stingray. I got a small laceration and pretty good puncture in my heel. Pain was intense but we had no knowledge of treatment so beach bar brought vinegar and I took gin. After about an hour it was down to sore but I could walk. Now a week later it itches like mad and there appears some discoloration and redness in my heel and around the entry wound. The puncture is still there and it looks like there is a blood clot inside. I'll see what happens over the next week or so. I tolerate pain fairly well and don't go to a doctor except as last resort.

Comment from: Shoulda_Shuffled, 45-54 Male Published: August 19

I got stung on left big toe and went to emergency department to make sure wound was clean. The doctor took vitals and X-rays to make sure barbs were not still in wound. I received pain medicine and antibiotic prescription. I soaked foot in hot water for next five hours.

Comment from: Blair W., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I got stung on the heel by a stingray today at Myrtle Beach. It hurt so badly! I soaked my foot in really hot water for about half an hour because it provided relief. I took 2 Aleve, and started an antibiotic called Levaquin. I have to take it for seven days.

Comment from: mama_3girls, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I was stung on 7/29/11. I went immediately to an urgent care facility. They soaked my foot in hot water for an hour or so, which helped with the pain immensely. They took x-rays, looking for remaining barbs. There were none. I was given a tetanus shot and a one week prescription for antibiotics. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow.

Comment from: Heather, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 01

My 14 year old daughter was stung by a sting ray off the tip of Cape San Blas, FL in the gulf on July 20th. We were with a group and the captain of the boat tried to put hot water from the engine but it was only warm, not hot so it didn't help much. He pulled everybody in and we immediately left for the marina. When we got back I took her to the ER. They immediately got very hot water with soap in it and had her soak her foot. They gave her pain medicine (narcotic) and prescription for antibiotics. We came home on the 23rd and by the end of the next week her foot was worse...very swollen, red and weepy so I took her to her pediatrician. Her pediatrician changed the antibiotic, told her to soak her foot four times per day and put prescription antibiotic on the wound. She's been doing that for 4 days and has not seen a lot of improvement yet.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

The lifeguard soaked my foot in lukewarm water for 15 minutes and sent me on my way. I was in excruciating pain for 4 hours, even though I took ibuprofen.

Comment from: mayan1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I was stung in Mexico. The life guard soaked my foot in hot water and ice water, alternating. Then she used a vinegar and water mix, which pulled all of the venom out.

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