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Wilderness: Weeverfish Sting (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If stung by a weeverfish, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Consult a doctor about treatment with available medications.

Weeverfish Prevention

  • Since weeverfish live in the sandy muddy bottom, shuffling of feet is recommended whenever one is walking to swimming in coastal areas. Not only to avoid weeverfish, but also many other coastal marine species.
  • Scuba divers should avoid contact or approaching these fish.
  • Caution must also be used even around dead fish as the toxin (venom) can remain active for hours.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Palermo, D.O.; American Osteopathic Board Certified Internal Medicine


Auerbach, P. Wilderness Medicine. Chapter 81. 6th ed. United States: Mosby, 2011.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/11/2014
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