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Swiming pool? Stung by stingray - no more going in the sea for me

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If you were stung by a real stingray , Im surprised you can walk!

The only fellow I know that had this couldnt walk for months and his foot turned black !

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sorry for resurecting this from the death, but I wanted to share my experience as it might help someone in the future.

 

The very first thing to do if you get stung by stingray is to start pouring hot water on your foot. Careful not to burn your skin as you won't be feeling the heat from the pain, so first try on your hand for example to make sure it wont burn your skin. Apprently the heat breaks the stingray venom (some sort of protein).

 

I was given a bag of ice to put on and I almost fainted from the pain by the time I got to the hospital. It was about an hour from the incident til the time they put my foot in hot water, so I think this contributed to the complications I am still dealing with (yup, 3 weeks after).

 

At the ER they cut the area and cleaned the wound (1.5cm deep) from the barb pieces. Apparrently they did not do it very well as a week later my foot got very itchy and swollen again. The infection was back even if I did everyday wound cleaning and dressing and never got it wet. They deep cleaned it again, and a small piece of the barb resurfaced, plus they did Xray (which they are supposed to the first time, but they didnt). 

 

Anyhow, 17 days after the incident there was almost no infection left, so the surgeon cut what was left from the infection inside and stiched it up. He checked it again today and had to cut one of the stiches as there was some water (like mini infection under the surface), so he wanted to let it drain out. I am heading back home tomorrow and am supposed to follow up for more cleaning and stiches removal in a week. 

 

I never imagined that the recovery would be that hard, pretty much spent my entire vacation at the hospital, went through 3 rounds of antibiotics and still cannot recover fully.

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On 03/01/2018 at 11:08 PM, TunnelRat69 said:

I stepped on a sting ray in Bang Sarae Beach a few years back, it got me on the ankle  -  Pain was immediate, and it swelled up - iced it down but the pain wouldn't go away, finally went to the Hospital, couple shots, more ice and antibiotics.  They said lucky for me it was a small one, It Hurt like Hell!!!   I can't imagine what a big one would feel like.  I wear water dogs (hard rubber pull on shoes)in the water now, but in reality, if you don't step directly on the spike, they will get you higher up so the shoes are only a warm fuzzy feeling for me. Also protects from cuts by broken beer bottles, I really don't care if I look like a geek going in them on.

 

Actually while stuck in the hospital I read a lot about it, and rubber shoes in most cases will NOT protect you from he barb, as it can easily pinch through. In fact, it can make things worse as there are some special bacteria in the rubber, so it would be even more difficult to heal.

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sorry for resurecting this from the death, but I wanted to share my experience as it might help someone in the future.
 
The very first thing to do if you get stung by stingray is to start pouring hot water on your foot. Careful not to burn your skin as you won't be feeling the heat from the pain, so first try on your hand for example to make sure it wont burn your skin. Apprently the heat breaks the stingray venom (some sort of protein).
 
I was given a bag of ice to put on and I almost fainted from the pain by the time I got to the hospital. It was about an hour from the incident til the time they put my foot in hot water, so I think this contributed to the complications I am still dealing with (yup, 3 weeks after).
 
At the ER they cut the area and cleaned the wound (1.5cm deep) from the barb pieces. Apparrently they did not do it very well as a week later my foot got very itchy and swollen again. The infection was back even if I did everyday wound cleaning and dressing and never got it wet. They deep cleaned it again, and a small piece of the barb resurfaced, plus they did Xray (which they are supposed to the first time, but they didnt). 
 
Anyhow, 17 days after the incident there was almost no infection left, so the surgeon cut what was left from the infection inside and stiched it up. He checked it again today and had to cut one of the stiches as there was some water (like mini infection under the surface), so he wanted to let it drain out. I am heading back home tomorrow and am supposed to follow up for more cleaning and stiches removal in a week. 
 
I never imagined that the recovery would be that hard, pretty much spent my entire vacation at the hospital, went through 3 rounds of antibiotics and still cannot recover fully.
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thanks for sharing! have a speedy recovery, mate :)

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