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Sea Urchin Stings Overview

Another name for Sea Urchin Stings is Marine Sting.

What is a marine sting?
A person with a marine sting has an injury to the skin, caused by barbs attached to marine animals, or caused by contact with toxins produced by marine animals. The most common marine stings are jellyfish stings. Most marine stings heal without complications.

What are the symptoms of a marine sting?
Symptoms of a marine sting vary, depending on the cause. Symptoms of marine stings include a burning sensation, pain, skin swelling, skin redness, and skin blisters. Large barbs on the tails of stingrays may result in lacerations or puncture wounds.

How does the doctor treat a marine sting?
Treatment for a marine sting depends on the animal and the type of injury. Treatment for a marine sting may include antibiotics, tetanus vaccine, and rinsing the wound.

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Last Updated: Nov 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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