This article describes the effects of a sting from a scorpion fish.
- scorpion fish venom
- scorpion fish
- related species (lionfish, zebrafish, tigerfish)
- body as a whole
- local pain (severe)
- swelling at site of puncture(s) eventually involving the entire arm or leg
- shortness of breath
- heart and blood vessels
- high or low blood pressure
- rapid or slow heart rate
- nervous system
Wash the area with salt water. Remove any foreign material at the wound site. Contact the emergency room. Soak the wound in the hottest water the person can tolerate for 30 to 90 minutes, if instructed to do so. Contact Poison Control Center for appropriate treatment instructions.
Determine the following information:
- the patient's age, weight, and condition
- identification of the marine animal causing the sting if possible
- the time stung
They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital and advise of any appropriate first aid that can be administered immediately.
Some or all of the following procedures may be performed:
- Soak the wound
- Remove any remaining material
- Give tetanus immunization if necessary
- Give antibiotic if necessary
- Treat the symptoms
- Give pain medication if needed
Recovery will probably depend on how much toxin the patient received, any sensitivity to the toxin, and how soon adequate treatment can be obtained.
Reviewed By: Eric Perez, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.