A stingray sting occurs if an individual accidentally steps on one. A stingray is defined by its flattened body with an elongated whip-like tail with stingers. Some species are considered highly venomous to humans. Remember that stingrays are not aggressive but sting as self-defense if accidentally stepped on.
One can end up with stingray sting while diving or walking in shallow waters at the beach. A sting can also occur if picking up or handling one with bare hands.
What are the signs?
An individual suspected with a stingray sting can end up with symptoms ranging from minor to severe.
In most cases, a stingray sting can cause the following:
- Local injury such as a cut or laceration, usually on the legs or the arms
- Pain that increases in intensity in 1-2 hours
- Puncture wounds with serious bleeding
- Skin rashes
- Muscle cramping
If the symptoms that arise after a stingray sting are severe, it can be systemic and might include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heart rate and low blood pressure
- Fever and chills
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss of consciousness
If an individual ends up with a stingray sting, it is vital to get in touch with emergency assistance right away.
Until the emergency team arrives on the scene, the following must be carried out:
- The individual should be transferred out of the water
- If the wound is bleeding, apply direct pressure to control the flow of blood.
- Do not provide anything to the individual orally or any medication unless instructed to do so by a healthcare professional.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
The material posted on this page on a stingray sting is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to properly manage the injury, register for a first aid and CPR course with Vancouver First Aid.