A catfish sting typically occurs while fishing or bathing, usually by stepping on one or handling the fish after catching one. Remember that both freshwater and salt-water catfish are dangerous with their spines and stinging apparatus.
What are the signs?
Generally, sustaining a catfish sting can result to intense pain and inflammation at the site of the sting.
How to care for a catfish sting
- The limb with the catfish sting must be immersed in hot water that the individual can tolerate. This usually helps lessen the pain or discomfort from the sting.
- If there are leftover spines, you should remove them using tweezers.
- The site of the sting must be scrubbed and flushed with fresh water.
- Make sure that the wound is not taped or sewn shut.
- Oral antibiotics are generally suggested for a catfish sting that shows signs of infection. The antibiotics must be taken if the infection develops at least 5 days after all the indications of infection has settled. If the individual has possible drug allergies, it must be checked before any antibiotics are started.
- The pain or discomfort linked to a catfish sting can be alleviated with pain medications.
When to seek medical attention
If an individual sustained a catfish sting, it is vital to seek medical care. The doctor can suggest suitable treatment options for the injury.
Disclaimer / More Information
The information posted on this page on a catfish sting is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to properly care for this type of sting, register for first aid training at one of our training centers located throughout Canada. The training centers are in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Saskatoon, Victoria, Surrey, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Red Deer, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.