Wilderness: How to deal with a catfish sting

A catfish sting is known to cause intense pain and even inflammation at the sting site. Always bear in mind that catfish have whiskers that protrude from the area around their mouth. Catfish are often found in lakes, muddy rivers and beaches in subtropical, tropical and temperate waters and they are not aggressive.

Those who sustain a catfish sting are usually bathing or fishing when they make contact with the catfish usually by stepping on it. Take note that both the salt and freshwater species are dangerous and they have 3 spines and a stinging apparatus.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Catfish sting

The pain linked with a catfish sting can be alleviated by pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

When an individual sustained a catfish sting, the distinct symptoms can manifest at the sting site:

Treatment for a catfish sting

Once an individual sustained a catfish sting, there are measures that can help alleviate the symptoms.

  • Immerse the catfish sting site under water as hot as the individual can tolerate. This usually alleviates the pain from the sting site.
  • If there are spines, they should be removed using tweezers.
  • The wound should be cleansed or scrubbed and irrigated using fresh water. Do not attempt to tape or sew the wound.
  • If the sting site becomes infected, oral antibiotics are usually recommended. The antibiotics must be taken by the individual if the infection develops for at least 5 days after all the indications of infection has cleared. Possible drug allergies must be checked first before starting any antibiotic. The doctor can prescribe the suitable antibiotic. Take note that some antibiotics can cause sensitivity to the sun, thus a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 must be used.
  • The pain linked with a catfish sting can be alleviated by pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Once the basic first aid measures have been provided, it is vital to seek medical care as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the catfish sting, the individual should ask the doctor regarding treatment using available medications.



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