A catfish sting typically occurs after treading on it or holding the fish after catching one. A catfish is a variety of fish with whiskers bulging from a region around the mouth. They also have peripheral spines close to their fins.
These fish are not essentially dangerous. Remember though that both salt and freshwater catfish are considered dangerous.
What are the signs?
Generally, an individual with a catfish sting experiences pain and inflammation at the site of the sting.
Management of a catfish sting
Once an individual ends up with a catfish sting, the following measures can be used in managing the injury.
- Submerge the site of the catfish sting in hot water that can be tolerated by the individual. This usually helps relieve the discomfort or pain caused by the sting.
- The spines that remain on the skin must be taken out using tweezers.
- The wound must be scoured and flooded with fresh water. Take note that the wound must not be sewn or taped together.
- Antibiotics that are taken orally are suggested for a catfish sting that is likely to be infected. Antibiotics must be given if an infection arises for at least 5 days after all indications of infection has settled.
- Pain medications can be given for a catfish sting to lessen the pain from the sting.
Take note that once an individual sustained a catfish sting, medical treatment must be sought as soon as possible. The doctor will assess the injury and provide the suitable treatment along with medications.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
The material posted on this page on a catfish sting is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize and manage this injury, register for a first aid and CPR course with Toronto First Aid.