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Lionfish Safety: What To Do If Stung
Smithsgold - 8/31/2014 3:09 PM
Category: Health & Safety
Replies: 10

Lionfish Safety: What To Do If Stung

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Lionfish are typically nocturnal and docile creatures. They allow curious divers to approach closely, enhancing their risk for injury from accidental contact or handling of marine life. These ornate, elite predators are an invasive species that have become a common sight for many divers as they spread down the North Atlantic, and into the Caribbean and northern part of South America’s Atlantic shore.
RichKeller - 9/01/2014 5:58 AM
How does soaking the effected area in hot water help? Will this reduce the effect of the venom like ammonia reduces the effect of a jellyfish sting? If not is there a chemical that will reduce the effectiveness of the venom?
Eric_R - 9/01/2014 6:21 AM
The article seems to conflict itself when it says to use ice or cold packs.
Greg - 9/01/2014 7:41 AM
I just pee on everything :). Would that work for lion fish stings also?
Smithsgold - 9/01/2014 9:17 PM
The Treatment for String Ray ,Stone Fish,Lion Fish,& Sea Urchins are the same.
A Hot Water Soak with Epsom Salts will work Quickly to ease the pain.
The Heat for the hot water works to destroy the toxins in the poison.
Greg - 9/01/2014 11:43 PM
Ok, so when can we pee on someone? Jellifish sting?
LatitudeAdjustment - 9/02/2014 6:47 AM
From Greg: Ok, so when can we pee on someone? Jellifish sting?

Remind me to always pack white vinegar when traveling to Texas!

BTW, jellies hit the anchor/side line and then divers slide their hands up the anchor rode and get stung and then a deck hand pulls the anchor bare handed or whips the sweat off his brow and gets stung so yes Greg there will be people to pee on.
CaptainRatseye - 9/13/2014 7:16 AM
Ok, I’m a little late on this but from my experience the venom is heat sensitive like a sting ray but pee warm will not do it. Hot as you can stand and then hotter as you get used to it will do it. It takes time because you need to heat all the affected tissue and deactivate the venom. So if it’s a deep wound you’ll likely have trouble. Rats
tshark - 10/12/2014 6:54 PM
Hot water only works on superficial wounds any deeper wounds the venom enters the blood stream & hot water will not do anything for it!!!!!!!!!! It is extremely painful but not deadly unless allergic to them? Most people will have to wait it out with hours of horrible pain, swelling & possibly some temporary paralysis. The affected area could have some pain or discomfort for a week or more afterwards. The only chance for immediate pain relief is at your local hospital with a nerve blocker like they would give you before getting stitches chances are once you get stung real bad by one you will never even look at another lionfish!!!!! Best of luck & be carefull