Sting from a Stingray Treatment
Treatment for a stingray sting may include wound care, antibiotics, tetanus vaccination, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Surgery may be required to repair a wound or remove a barb from the wound.
Treatment for a stingray sting may include:
- Wound irrigation
- Rinsing the wound
- Immersion of the injured area in hot water:
- To neutralize the venom
- Wound cleansing
- Wound exploration:
- Examining the wound for foreign bodies or injuries to structures beneath the skin
- Removal of foreign bodies in the wound
- Spines or barbs should be removed by a physician
- Laceration repair:
- Antibiotics for wounds:
- Levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- Cefixime (Suprax)
- Cephalexin (Keflex)
- Doxycycline (Bio-Tab, Doryx, Vibramycin)
- Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMZ, Bactrim, Septra)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Tetanus vaccination
- Surgery for skin lacerations:
- To remove foreign bodies or repair damaged tissue.
Sting from a Stingray Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of stingray stings.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Will I need surgery?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for another stingray sting?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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