Symptoms and Signs of Catfish Sting

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Catfish Sting

Catfish are a distinctive type of fish with whiskers protruding from the area around the mouth and external spines near their fins. Catfish are usually found in muddy rivers, lakes, and on beaches in tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters. Catfish are not aggressive. Catfish sings usually occur when people are fishing or bathing and they come into contact with a catfish, often by stepping on it or handling the fish after it has been caught. Both saltwater and freshwater catfish stings are dangerous. Each type of catfish has three spines and a stinging apparatus.

Symptoms of a Catfish Sting may include severe pain and inflammation at the site of the sting. See a doctor if you have been stung by a catfish. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications are usually recommended to relieve pain and decrease redness and inflammation from the catfish sting.

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