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Wilderness: Stingray Sting (cont.)

Stingray Sting Treatment

If medical attention is not readily available, the following guidelines are recommended in treating a stingray sting:

  • Flush the wound with fresh water.
  • For pain relief, soak the wound in water as hot as the person can tolerate (approximately 110 F, 43.3 C)
  • Use tweezers to remove the stingers.
  • Scrub the wound with soap and fresh water.
  • Do not cover the wound with tape or close it with stitches. Apply pressure to stop the bleeding.
  • Apply topical antibiotic ointment if signs of infection, such as pus, redness, or heat, occur.
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if necessary.

Oral antibiotics are usually recommended for infection.

  • Continue antibiotics for at least 5 days after all signs of infection have cleared.
  • Let the doctor know about any drug allergy prior to starting an antibiotic.
  • Use a sunscreen because some antibiotics may cause sensitivity to the sun.
  • Patients with an impaired immune system (for example, HIV, diabetes, cancer) should seek medical care.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/9/2014
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