A lionfish sting can be extremely painful! If you or someone you know has been stung by a lionfish, here are 5 recommended ways to treat a lionfish sting.
1. Remove Spines and Clean the Wound: Carefully remove any visible lionfish spines from the affected area using tweezers or a similar tool. Thoroughly clean the wound with soap and clean water to reduce the risk of infection.
2. Apply Heat: Immerse the affected area in hot water (not scalding) for about 30 to 90 minutes, or as tolerated. The heat helps to denature the venom and alleviate pain. Ensure the water is at a tolerable temperature to avoid burns.
3. Use Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as StingMaster, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Follow the instructions on the packaging or consult a healthcare professional for appropriate dosage.
4. Seek Medical Attention: If the pain is severe, swelling persists, or there are signs of an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, dizziness, etc.), seek immediate medical attention. A healthcare professional can assess the severity of the sting and provide appropriate treatment, such as prescribing pain medication or administering antivenom if necessary.
5. Monitor for Signs of Infection: Keep a close eye on the affected area for any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, warmth, or pus. If you notice any concerning signs, seek medical attention promptly to prevent complications.
It’s important to note that the above steps are general recommendations and should not replace professional medical advice. If you or someone else is stung by a lionfish, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional or contact your local poison control center for guidance on the specific situation.