Stingray Injury

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Comment from: Hotmessexpress, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

St. George Island, Florida. September 19, 2021. I was about knee deep in the water when I felt an excruciating pain on the bottom of my second-smallest toe. I thought a crab had pinched me, but a nearby stranger noticed me hobbling and cursing and informed me it was likely a stingray. He advised me to hurry back to the rental and run the hottest water I could stand on the wound for as long as possible. The pain was intense, even compared to natural birth. Two weeks later, the pain has returned.

Comment from: Michele FL native, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I stepped on a stingray on Navarre Beach, Florida in 1 ft of clear water. I was collecting shells, so I was watching where I was going, but never saw the buried ray underneath the sand and thick layer of shells. I've given birth 3 times (including 18 hours of labor without medicines), had 6 surgeries, broken bones... this was the worst pain I've ever had. I bled lots, friends helped, and I was taken to the emergency room (ER) by my husband. It wasn't the puncture wound that hurt as much as the envenomation, from foot to hip. I got tetanus injection and antibiotics.

Comment from: RayBait, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I was stung by a stingray on Del Mar Beach on the right side of my left ankle. It was very painful for 2 hours, then pain decreased with hot water treatment and I was fine for a week (mild pain and swelling). Day 9, swelling, redness and itchiness started, I took antihistamines and waited it out. Day 21, it seems to be almost back to normal, though lumps of bite marks still persist.

Comment from: Bob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 11

The stingray sting was months ago, and hot water for hours relieved the pain. No doctor, and I felt much better the next morning. Now, months later, my toe has a hard lump on the wound site and my lower leg calf is always tingling. Wondering if it is related to the sting. Haven’t seen this symptom mentioned.

Comment from: Bill S, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

I was stung by a stingray at La Jolla shores on 7/21/21, on the side of my foot. Life guards helped me for a while with hot water. I drove home left-footed (right foot was stung). It really hurt bad until the hot water and lasted about 2 hours. Now a week later, it is super itchy and swollen. Not sure if this is normal. More hot water helps.

Comment from: iopsurf, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I got stung on my ankle by a stingray on June 26, on Kiawah. Blood was squirting out of my foot. I thought a shark had bitten me. I had no idea it was a stingray until the beach patrol arrived. Immediately, I could not walk. Pain was 10/10, but within 5 minutes it went to a level 4, after putting my foot in hot water. Left foot was in hot water for 3 hours. Eight days later, my foot is still pretty swollen. I had to get an x-ray to get a read on whether any particles were lodged in the skin; thankfully not.

Comment from: Connor, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 22

I was wading into the water (doing the stingray shuffle) on 06/15/21 at Bolsa Chica for some quick surfing and I felt a hard stab into the inside of my right heel. I think the stinger hit my heel bone which kept it from going in too far. It took 30 minutes to get hot water and I was in excruciating pain, so bad I couldn’t think straight. By far the most painful experience of my life. I am taking oral antibiotics as a precaution to avoid infection. Two days later, my leg aches and ankle and knee are stiff.

Comment from: Sierra , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I was stung by a stingray in May 2021 at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The stingray got me on my ankle. At first it felt like I got bitten, but within moments the pain intensified. A lifeguard said it was a stingray and the pain would worsen over the next hour. I got to the condo, soaked in hot water and took Tylenol. Severe pain lasted 2-3 hours. Nine days after, I went to an urgent care as my foot and ankle continued to swell. I’m on 2 antibiotics. I would recommend starting some as soon as possible after the injury.

Comment from: Nanny stingray , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I was stung by a stingray on my inside left ankle at Tuncurry, New South Wales, the day before Christmas 2020. First up, I thought a crab had bitten me. I had to ring my husband for a lift home as I couldn’t walk. Hot water and Panadol took the pain away. The doctor ordered antibiotics. It’s never fully healed. This week, nearly 6 months on, it started oozing pus and liquid. I am taking more antibiotics. Hope it gets fixed now.

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Comment from: Ninafit, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on 4/25/21, walking in knee deep water, stepping over some rocks I stepped on a stingray and it stabbed me on the top of my foot. I had 2 small holes and some bleeding. Ignorant about treatment, they iced it while I waited for the doctor in excruciating pain. Two tetanus shots, 2.5 more hours of excruciating pain, multiple shots of who knows what in my foot, five 30 mg tramadol and I was finally able to relax. It was 11/10 pain! The next day was ok, but my foot is swollen and bruised still, a week later.

Comment from: Geni, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I got stung by a stingray in Byron Bay, Australia on 5/1/21, on top of my foot. The pain was really heavy till I arrived at the hospital 2 hours later, and they put my foot in hot water. In 30 seconds the pain was gone (of course residual pain of the cut 2 cm deep stayed). But with the hot water the pain changed a lot. Healing is taking long time. Two weeks after, the foot was really swelled and I took antibiotics for 1 week. They never put stitches. Now, 26/3/21, I got internal infection of my foot again.

Comment from: Marc, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 01

I was at La Jolla Beach, San Diego. I’m from the Midwest and I didn't know about the shuffle. I was stung by a stingray between my 2 little toes, right foot. I rubbed the sore spot, noticed bleeding, and tried to walk it off in the ocean. It didn't walk off, the pain just kept getting worse. This ranks top on the pain levels. I drove my car to my hotel 20 minutes away, googled what to do and soaked it in hot water. Finally I got relief. It's swollen this morning, 8/28/20, but doesn't hurt too bad.

Comment from: Lhovey7 , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I was stung by a stingray at Orange Beach, Alabama in 08/2020. It punctured a vein on the outside of my foot; felt like pliers snipping the vein, causing lots of bleeding. Pain intensified over the next 30 to 60 minutes; 6.5 to 7 out of 10 on the pain scale, like mini lightning bolts shooting through my foot. Ice made the pain worse. Warm water ameliorated the pain instantly. A week later, I began to see swelling and redness accompanied by body aches and chills. Currently I am on antibiotics to treat the infection.

Comment from: Cam, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 29

I was at Carlsbad swimming last weekend, 7/18/2020, and I ended up stepping on a stingray. My friend said he thought he stepped on a hook or something. The water was freezing, and I said I don’t know if I would even feel it if it was a hook. About 3 minutes later I felt the same thing. I told him, I think I stepped on one too, so I go out of the water, and I was gushing blood. The lifeguard said it was a stingray but he said I should let it bleed out, but put it in hot water. The pain was outrageous, I was hyperventilating.

Comment from: Jimbo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 27

I was body surfing in Oceanside, California when I stepped on a stingray. In 30 minutes I was in excruciating pain. The sting was directly on a vein running over the bony portion on top of my foot. Thankfully, my brother-in-law knew to put hot water on it, and after reaching home, soaking it alleviated the pain. Three weeks later the sting is creating dry skin and itchiness. Not sure if this is normal.

Comment from: Carolann, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 24

My 14 year old was punctured in her ankle by a stingray a week ago. Three days after she came home and I myself took her to be looked at, she had infection. They gave her a shot and oral antibiotics, and now it is not swollen. It’s a little red around the puncture, but it is itching, wonder if that is good or bad.

Comment from: SanDiego, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

The stingray sting/puncture was inside my ankle right on top of the bone area. I was in waist high water in Solana Beach. It felt like a shark bite, I felt my foot numbing from ankle moving up to my knee, and I hobbled to the shore. I applied compression on the wound to stop the bleeding. The lifeguard drove me to the station, and I soaked in hot water for 40 minutes. I had undulating deep pain that went away after the soak. I noticed how swollen my ankles and lower calf were. I went home with ice. It is still swollen after day 10, I am on antibiotic, and this is the 1st day I am standing without throbbing.

Comment from: Aussiegirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I was stung on the top of my foot in knee deep water in New South Wales, Australia. I had massive pain, deep puncture and wound bleeding, and treated with hot, hot water. It eased the pain after some time. Swelling and fluid oozing continued for some days. I visited the doctor the next day, sent for x-ray (checking for foreign body) which was clear, and started oral antibiotics. It cleared up but about ten days later swelling and pain returned. It was infected and I was admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics. Two years later, I have some nerve damage and occasional pain.

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Comment from: Rob, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I was stung by a stingray on 7/15/20 at Hilton Head Island; two small holes on my right toe. My guess is that it was a juvenile ray. I soaked in hot water that night. I had minimal bleeding, and pain 6/10. Three days later the purple color has turned to red, it is still sore and itches.

Comment from: bwatt, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

Two days ago I was out at Hilton Head island and as I was walking out of the water, maybe knee height, I stepped on a stingray. I thought a giant crab clamped my foot and broke it. immediately felt dizzy and my breathing was very rapid. It was the most intense pain I’ve ever felt. the lifeguard told me I’d be okay but to immediately put it in hot water. I did for about 2 hours and the pain just didn’t go away. Finally I was able to take a nap and after I woke up the pain wasn’t nearly as bad.

Comment from: MermaidMama, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I was stung by a stingray in June 2020 in San Diego in between my toes. I've lived here for years and always do the shuffle. This time, I must've punted the ray and he kicked back. It was the worst pain of my life and I've had an unmedicated child birth. Felt like my entire foot was on fire. I was crying. Hot water was the only thing that helped. Two weeks later, I had a lot of itchiness and burning return as a delayed histamine reaction. Now, almost a month and a half later, my toes near the sting site are always numb and cold!

Comment from: dmo, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

I got stung by a stingray in Hilton Head, over the July 4th weekend. I have been in the ocean hundreds of times, never once thought about stingrays. I went to go cool off before leaving the beach and as I was walking back to the land, I stepped on one. Man, I can't describe how bad it hurt. I got hit on the side of the foot. Gushing blood and extreme pain until I got to hot water. No fun at all.

Comment from: Obi dibs , 19-24 (Patient) Published: July 08

I got stung by a stingray last year in Palm Beach, Australia. I instantly knew it was a stingray and was able to hop over to a local worksite, where I got a lift to the hospital from a friend. They did an ultrasound on my foot and were unable to find any excess barbs, so I was given antibiotics and sent home. Now a year later I gently pressed on the area and immediately felt a sharp pain and it's been swelling up over the past few days. I will update when I revisit the doctor.

Comment from: Danielle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I was out surfing in San Diego and was stung by a stingray in the left foot. Bled so much that I became faint. I attempted to put my foot in hot water but the amount of blood quickly turned the water red. Realizing the need to hold pressure on what appeared to be an arterial bleed was not helpful, as it worsened the searing, burning, tingling pain. The surf shop instructor had already called 911. Firetruck and ambulance came, I was given IV fluids and pressure dressing with hot pad. Pain comparable to labor. Emergency room staff and first responders saved me.

Comment from: JLo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I was swimming at South Padre Island, Texas, and was in about knee deep water when I felt an intense stab in the top of my foot. I had to breathe through the pain from the stingray injury. The wound was minor looking. Just a little cut on the top of my foot and a little blood. Felt immediate aching in all of my toe joints. I left my foot in the salt water. Foot hurt pretty bad for a few hours. It is still swollen 4 weeks later, with regular pain around the wound. I have a knot on top of the foot where punctured.

Comment from: Liz26, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I got stung by a stingray 3 months ago, on the bottom of my foot. It was so painful but hot water helped. It was 10/10 pain for sure. One week later, after a long hike, it started itching, swelling and turning red. Five days of antibiotics, and the swelling and redness are gone. Now it still hurts daily. The pain is worse with walking, the area is sometimes purple and the skin is peeling around the area. The pain also doesn't stay in one spot, it moves all over the bottom of my foot. I am not sure what could be causing it.

Comment from: Hater of Stingrays, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 02

A stingray stabbed my ankle in 4 inches of water in Hilton Head yesterday at noon. It was a rather violent strike, but very little blood. Deep, straight puncture wound into the ankle five inches from the foot sole. Wow, this was painful. Very hot water works, if you pull the foot out, the pain starts back within ten seconds, trust me. Most painful injury next to getting a broken arm set (which lasts 1 minute, instead of 3 hours). Swelling set in for 8 hours, but no signs of infection. No doctor visit yet.

Comment from: Jules, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I was lashed and stung by a stingray yesterday, luckily no barb went in, but nice 2 inch gash. My friend applied pressure to get it to stop bleeding. I had to kayak 30 minutes to the car before receiving medical care. Excruciating pain I would relate to childbirth. Pain medicines, local applications, nothing stopped the pain. I got some stitches and was sent home, but still in pain. My friend did some reading and wrapped it in a heating pad. Within 10 minutes pain subsided. Can't really walk today so hopefully it heals well.

Comment from: USNTX, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

Crystal Beach, Texas, June 2020, I waded out in shin/knee deep water. I was playing with my son and his cousins in the surf. There was a lot of seaweed so I was hoping around and I came down on a living thing, felt the stingray move, and a searing, white hot pain immediately filled my right ankle. I barely made it out of the surf. I immediately treated the laceration and went to Urgent Care to ensure the wound was clean. Saw my primary care physician and was given antibiotic shots and a course of pills. One week later there is still some swelling and it itches.

Comment from: Talldrinkh2o, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

My surf spot had an explosion of stingrays in winter 2020. I have stepped on stingrays; you feel a little fish wiggle away from your foot. This time I felt a jab on my left big toe. No big deal, I paddled back out, it bled and was stiff, but not excruciating. After 30 minutes I went in. On my drive home I started to sweat and became nauseous from the pain. I called my husband barely able to speak, to google what to do. Hot water and good wound management for 5 days. Peeling toe for a month.

Comment from: ram326, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I was stung by a stingray in early March 2020 at St. Pete Beach. It was the most intense pain of my life - either equal to or more painful than childbirth! I didn't know about the hot water treatment. The beach where we were had no lifeguards and no nearby facilities. My husband saw a sheriff and asked him for help and the sheriff said to use hot water. Eventually, we got home and I continued to soak it in hot water but I will never forget the extreme pain.

Comment from: Cpet, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I was standing, not walking, in waist-deep water at Belleair Beach in Clearwater, FL. I felt a sharp stab in the bottom of my foot. As soon as I got out of the water, we noticed lots of blood. A man told us it was a stingray and advised pouring cold water and sea water on it. Nothing helped and they kept telling me my hysterics were causing my pain. Eventually, I made them drag me off the beach and to a clinic where they put it in hot water. One week later it is swollen, purple, stiff and itchy, with some pain.

Comment from: Eddie, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

Someone got stuck 10 minutes into a surf in Huntington. I always shuffle but I hopped off my board instead of lying back onto it. I took a step to hop back on and paddle out, bam, a little stingray got me on the top of my foot. I bled everywhere, and drove myself to the headquarters and met a friend who got stabbed too. The worst pain of my life and I’m heavily tattooed! Thought nothing can come close to the stomach tattoos, but boy, was I wrong! I still have an open puncture wound, some swelling, and also some itching, but hot water helps!

Comment from: ErinWil, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

Two or three months ago I was stung by a baby stingray. I was in pain for about 2 hours. Now, many months later, my foot is aching. I can feel my pulse in my foot and it feels like I got stung all over again. I don’t know what’s going on, or why I am still feeling pain.

Comment from: KnightNem, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

While on vacation in California in 2019, my daughter was at the ocean for her first time, collecting sand dollars for over 2 hours wading in knee deep water. She asked her mom and I to join her. We did, I was in knee deep water, and a stingray barbed my right foot on the big toe side. It felt like a crab clawed my foot. I lay on the beach for another hour or so wishing I could cut my foot off, the pain was excruciating. Some vacation, huh! California sea life 1, tourist 0; go ray!

Comment from: RayWound, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

No one ever told me about the 'sting ray shuffle,' so a warm low-tide morning near Panama Beach, Costa Rica I stepped on one. I felt a whoosh and a sharp pencil sized stab into my calf muscle 4 inches above my ankle. It was bleeding immediately, and I had pain up my leg, and intense cramping for 4 hours. If this happens to you do not get on a plane within a couple hours. I hit top altitude, my ankle disappeared and veins contracted. It caused 15 hours of intense pain plus 2 weeks and counting heal time.

Comment from: Aorienne, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I was barbed by a stingray 8 weeks ago. I got 3 sutures in the emergency room, bled through my shoe, and returned for another 4. I had the sutures removed 12 to 14 days later. I was not given aftercare instructions after their removal. The wound has yet to fully close. The x-ray scam showed no barb was left under the skin, however I was told my case was pretty bad as far as they go. I’m disappointed to still be healing! I did two rounds of antibiotics, after sutures and after removal, and have aching pain in my Achilles.

Comment from: heidi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I got stung by a stingray in Santa Monica in October. I soaked the foot in hot water as recommended but it didn’t do anything for me - severe pain from the foot up to the hip. When we returned home after 1 hour I tried hotter water and that helped immediately. Still, after 10 days my foot is swollen and I am taking antibiotics now. This really ruined the beach life a bit for me.

Comment from: Louie , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 05

I got stung by a stingray on the heel of my foot 2 days ago at Oceanside while wading in the surf. It felt like a needle stuck up my heel. Bled for a while and very painful so I talked to the lifeguard who instructed me to soak in hot water. What a relief, but the pain stayed for about 2 hours. I still have what looks like a blister oozing clear fluid. I am using an antibiotic ointment, and have not seen a doctor but will if things worsen.

Comment from: DangerousDan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I was stung by a very small stingray at Huntington Beach, on the side of my foot. At first, I thought that I had caught a fishhook but within 10 seconds the searing pain hit. the puncture wound was very small and the bleeding was minimal. I chose not to go to the main lifeguard station for the hot water treatment because they told me that without it the pain should pass in about two hours and it was only about a 5 out of 10. It lasted 5 hours. It's been over a week and it has started to itch.

Comment from: Traveler, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I stepped on a stingray, and then it stung a second time when I lifted my foot off of it. Immediate intense pain to the point where I couldn’t think straight. Happened in Costa Rica. Lifeguard helped clean it and kept it under running water till the emergency medical technicians arrived and took me to the on-site clinic. I also had muscle spasms and tremors in the whole leg. I soaked it in hot water for about 10 minutes. Then the doctor froze both areas with novocaine. Instant relief. I had a penicillin shot. All good by the time the novocaine wore off.

Comment from: Paula, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I was walking back from a shipwreck off the coast of Magnetic Island, Australia, I stood on something that flapped, and then felt like an axe had hit me across my Achilles tendon. The pain was like no other! After 3 days since immediate emergency care I ended up in the hospital and found I’ve had the first ever severed Achilles tendon. Not only has it been severed but I have also had 4 cm of it just disintegrate. The surgeon was in shock!

Comment from: KM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I was at Honeymoon Island, Florida and had just walked into the ankle-deep water. I immediately felt what I thought was a large crab clamping down on the inside of my foot. Immediately the excruciating pain began. It was a stingray and brought me to my knees, it hurt so bad. It was a stabbing shooting pain through my foot and up my leg, worse than child birth! There was about an inch bleeding laceration on my foot. The park ranger applied heat. I went to the emergency room, took x-ray, soaked in hot water and was put on antibiotics.

Comment from: Shuffle damnit, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I was wading out to surf in San Diego on 9/6/19. I was distracted and wasn’t shuffling. I have been surfing here over 5 years and this was my first. The pain was incredible. I couldn’t walk. I’ve experienced level 10 pain from a back injury and this was a notch or two under. Level 10 pain makes you pass out, even hallucinate from the pain. This was bad, but no 10. I was moaning and panting though. Hot water saved me. I couldn’t walk at all for hours. A week later and still some swelling and tissue damage.

Comment from: Sam, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I was stung by a stingray a week ago between my toes. The pain was immediate. I went up to the lifeguard and they told me to soak it in hot water for an hour to break down the venom. Since I live close by, my friends and I decided to go home and soak my foot at home. Thankfully my friend drove because the pain intensified rapidly and shot all the way up to my hip. I felt much better after soaking my foot and applying Neosporin, but my foot was sore and swollen. After a week, I feel much better!

Comment from: Taylor, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I was stung by a stingray on 8/2/18, in Panama City Beach, Florida. It got me on the inside of my foot. Initially I thought it was a shark. The venom is a protein that can ooze throughout the initial cut from the barb. I was in dire pain for the first 4 hours. Hospital soaked my foot in hot water for 4 hours. They gave me antibiotics and local anesthetic. I went to the hospital 2 days later. My foot swelled about twice the size over a 5 hour period. I felt numbness and tingling like my foot wasn't there. Currently I've got muscle cramps, nerve pain, and swelling.

Comment from: Aidan, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I was on vacation in Carlsbad, CA and swimming in the ocean with my family. I have come here and swum on the beaches here since 2005 and never been stung by a stingray until now. I was walking in the water when I felt a stabbing sensation in my foot. I walked out of the water not knowing what happened and looked down to see a massive stinger sticking out of my skin and blood pouring onto the sand. The life guard removed it and told me to soak my foot. My foot was in pain for the next 3 days.

Comment from: SoCalFlyFisher, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 09

I got stung by a stingray on the inner right foot below my ankle bone while fly fishing the surf. I’ve broken an ankle, ribs and knuckle and the only thing that maybe matches the pain was a bulging disc in my back. But, soaked in some superhot water (thanks to this article) and the pain relief was immediate! It’s a bit disorienting due to intensity of pain but is over in a couple hours. A day later it seems fine without treatment. Just sore and bled a ton.

Comment from: Joanne, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 06

My 11 year old son got stung by a stingray on his right wrist on 7-28-19 at Santa Monica beach. He initially thought he was bitten by something and was in a lot of pain. There was a pretty good amount of bleeding from the puncture wound. Cleaned wound and soaked in hot water for 2 hours. He had lots of swelling around his wrist and arm. Gave him Benadryl and ibuprofen at the advice of a nurse. We thought it was healing and now 6 days later it's very tender and swollen again. The doctor diagnosed him with cellulitis and prescribed Keflex.

Comment from: Aleigha523, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

I recently got stung on the top of my right foot by a stingray. The pain was bad at first and it bled for about 3 minutes. After that the pain just got worse and worse, felt as if my ankle and the bottom of my foot were fractured, so I went to the hospital and they soaked it in hot water which made the pain feel way better. Today is day 3 and the top of my foot still lightly aches, but the serious pain subsided within 2 hours of the initial sting after using the hot water soak.

Comment from: R.ercan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

The stingray injury is extremely painful. You need hot water immediately, it takes away the pain, and then it is red and swollen afterwards. I went to emergency and they gave antibiotics and pain killers.

Comment from: Fishguy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

I was fishing 2 nights ago and hooked a small stingray. I've had my fair share of encounters with ray but never this small. After talking my friends out of using it for bait, I attempted to remove the hook. It swung its body and whipped its tail so fast, before I could let go of the hook blood was gushing out of my left hand. It only hurt a little at first and my concern was to stop the leaking from the base of my pinky finger. Within 15 minutes severe pain, 30 minutes agony, 60 minutes I was ready to cut off the hand.

Comment from: Mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

I was stung by stingray two days ago on a beach on Coronado near San Diego while playing in shallow water with my kids. Initially I thought I had stepped on a broken bottle; crazy amount of blood, the water turned all red where I was standing and intense pain. I did the hot water thing and pain subsided after a couple hours but I still had dull radiating pain up my leg. Now I have severe hip and lower back pain and difficulty walking but not sure if that's directly related to the sting or not.

Comment from: Scotty, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

I got stung by a stingray on Blacks Beach in San Diego three days ago on 7-5-19. I was just entering the ocean, was waist high in the water when I felt something bite my little toe. I knew I was hit by a stingray, having gone to that beach for over 40 years and had seen so many victims previously. This pain was definitely 10 out of 10. Lasted for 2 to three hours and then subsided and I was able to go out for pizza that night. I ‘bathed’ my foot in the hot sand since there were no lifeguards.

Comment from: Mark , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 13

I was exiting the water at the north end of San Simeon Cove when I was stung by a stingray in the kelp covered shallows. Pulling back at first contact spared me some, but there was still intense pain (burning). I managed to walk home and took a couple of Norco 5, which helped with the ride to the emergency room. I found out ice was no help and that I should have submerged my left ankle in hot water. I had my wound cleaned and am taking oral antibiotics. I have never experienced anything like this before!

Comment from: Eve, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I was walking out to swim, standing in chest deep water and I felt like I got hit on top of my foot with a hammer. The visibility is low, so I didn't see anything, but a stingray is the only thing that makes sense. I went to Urgent Care where they cleaned up the wound, gave me a tetanus jab and 6 stitches. I was in tremendous pain. I had to go back 2 days later because it was infected. I'm on 3 antibiotics. It is 10 days out and I still can't wear shoes. I have swelling around the wound and discoloration.

Comment from: Jennifer , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 03

On Aruba boat snorkel trip, a stingray hit outside my left ankle. I never saw what hit me. While swimming, I felt like a slight ankle sprain. I bled from a deep tiny cut the size of the end of my little finger. Boat guys used alcohol and Neosporin. I was not told about hot water and 8.5 out of 10 pain shot up leg after elevated and iced. Taking 4 Advil tablets worked. Next day I had swelling, no pain. The 2nd day it was red, got anti-inflammatory medicine and ointment prescription. Two weeks later, the swelling goes away by morning, but still swells some after I am up. I have a tiny knob at the wound.

Comment from: Mel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I was stung by a stingray 8 days ago on my middle toe. The pain was horrific and then I soaked my foot for 3 hours. Then the pain was gone, and then I had swelling and bruising. I went straight from the sting back to working 12 hours on my feet as a nurse 2 days later. The swelling diminished on my foot, but was still mild on my middle toe. I have been soaking my foot every night and applying antibiotic ointment. The wound looks clean. But my toe doubled in size and is itchy and red.

Comment from: Yuki Danielle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I was in Long beach standing in the waves watching my dog swim to shore. The sand below my left foot rotated and I knew it was a stingray. The barb went through the bottom of my foot. Lifeguard came and took me to the station. Soaked my foot in hot water for 2 hours. When you take your foot out while waiting for hot water was the worst! I had 30 minutes of 8/10 pain with nausea, 60 minutes pain 9/10, nausea, muscle cramps and massive swelling. The pain comes in waves. I have no numbness left, and can walk on it again. Swelling is also gone.

Comment from: stingray69, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: March 19

Yesterday I stepped on a stingray while exiting the ocean at Topanga Beach after an hour of surfing but no waves. It felt like my foot touched the rope of my leash, then I had the worst pain I've ever felt. I finally know what 10/10 means and what that face feels like on the pain scale in the hospital. Hot water helped, as hot as you can stand it. It is still very swollen today, and I am on a course of antibiotics.

Comment from: Jen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

Five weeks after getting stung by a stingray on my middle toe I still have swelling and bruising on the top. It aches and has become flattened around the cut. There are bulges under the skin on either side of the cut that are a little painful.

Comment from: Jamie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I was barbed in the foot by a juvenile short tail stingray. This made me fall to my knees, unfortunately onto an adult short tail stingray (about 5 or 6 feet) which barbed me in the chest. I spent 4 days in the hospital. Excruciating pain. Bathing your feet in hot water doesn't help when you get it in the chest. Just saying.

Comment from: Stingnado, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I was in the Grand Caymans touring stingray city where miraculously no stingray injuries have ever occurred. I was the first (yeah right). I was in agony after my encounter with my new found archenemy “sting-ee”. While I can claim the title of being the first known patient to walk into the emergency room (ER), and riding in the ambulance screaming in agony, I would gladly give up that award and devastating experience. Oddly, the ER doctors reported seeing these injuries weekly. Look, don’t touch!

Comment from: Micky, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I’ve been stung by stingrays 6 times (I work in the ocean in San Diego). Each time is a little different but follows the same pattern. The pain doesn’t set in for 5 to 15 minutes; once it does, it’s pretty severe. Each time I’ve just soaked my foot in hot water for 1 or 2 hours and been alright after that. Nothing more than light to moderate aching and swelling for a couple days. One sting did swell quite a bit, so I put Epsom salt compresses on it for a few days and was eventually fine.

Comment from: Shaynna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

My daughter was stung by a stingray in June of 2017. She has sought help in San Diego, her home and Michigan, now Portland. No one is helping her. She has suffered great pain since then, and now is paralyzed on her entire right side. At times she cannot not talk. We are begging for help and anyone who can help us.

Comment from: Lisa Randolph , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I was boogie boarding at Mancora beach, Peru, and paddling out after catching a wave. I pushed off the bottom and felt an intense sting in my left ankle and knew immediately that I was hit by a stingray. The pain ramped up quickly. The hotel offered hot water to soak my foot in. I went to a local clinic, was administered antibiotics via IV and given a week's worth of antibiotics. The worst pain ever! A week later, it is still swollen and painful. But I think I'm healing.

Comment from: Eric R., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 26

I was stung by a stingray 11/13, at Del Mar, San Diego. As a surfer for last 38 years I've avoided them till now. Initial feeling was that a shark bit my foot off. Next 30 minutes, I had 10 level pain, next 1.5 hour: 9 to 6 pain. Hot water 113 deg, is imperative as soon as possible. Two weeks later I still have swelling from the sting, near the top of my big toe, to the ankle. Now that I've been stung, I will search long and far to order stingrays off restaurant menus, and eat them. They need to be hunted. It is humans or stingrays, not both.

Comment from: David McNally, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 14

I got stung by a stingray on my right wrist in Huntington Beach, California on the 4th of November 2018. The pain was severe. I had a rash at the area and running up my arm, as well as swelling. I got the wound cleaned by a doctor, and was prescribed antibiotics as well as a tetanus shot. The pain, swelling, and rash subsided the next day. However, 1 week later there is mild swelling, redness, and mild itching at the area. I am not sure if this is normal after 1 week!

Comment from: Jupiter , 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 30

My son got stung in Jupiter, Florida. He went to ER, soaked in hot water, and got X-ray. They gave Him antibiotics as well. It has been 8 hours, he is still bleeding, still soaking in hot water with antiseptic soap. He has it elevated as well with triple antibiotic cream on the wound with band aid. There is little swelling 8 hours later. Severe pain is gone but he is still dealing with the light bleeding from the wound.

Comment from: Jupiter , 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 30

My son got stung by a stingray in Jupiter, Florida. He went to the emergency room, soaked in hot water, and got x-ray. They gave him antibiotics as well. It has been 8 hours, it is still bleeding, and he is still soaking in hot water with antiseptic soap. He has it elevated as well with triple antibiotic cream on the wound with Band-Aid. There is little swelling 8 hours later. Severe pain is gone but he is still dealing with the light bleeding from the wound.

Comment from: BethE, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I was stung by a sting ray in St. Simons, Georgia mid-August, 2018. I was standing in foot deep water on an overcast day. It had stormed the night before. I felt something hit against my foot as a wave spilled over my legs. Immediately I felt a stabbing or cut. At first I thought I had stepped on something but when I jumped away from the pain, I saw something swim away. The pain was a 10/10. Three months later I still have numbness and tingling at the puncture site. Worse pain than childbirth.

Comment from: Emily, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I was stung by a stingray on 8/13/18 in Tybee Island, Georgia. I had searing pain and could not move foot. It got me on the right ankle. I had the worst pain of my life for one and a 1/2 hours. I made an Emergency Department (ED) visit by ambulance, and had tetanus shot and doxycycline. Two days later I had cellulitis, major bruising, swelling, and was back to ED for IV antibiotics. I was back for a CT a week later, had more cellulitis, and more IV antibiotics. I have had follow-up with infectious diseases doctor now, MRI is in 2 days. I have used all my sick days for the year on this. I still have stiffness and swelling, and am limping. I'm not diabetic, am an APRN, doing everything right, this is bad.

Comment from: Rainy , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

At Honeymoon Island, Florida, with foot deep in water, I could see the bottom. Purple flag was up and I was shuffling feet, however I stopped for conversation and started to walk when I got stung by stingray. I felt like I had been whipped or slashed with a sharp piece of glass. I was in immediate intense pain and so confused I could not walk on that foot and bleeding from puncture wound and lacerations. I made an emergency room visit and had tetanus shot and antibiotics. It was the most intense pain ever experienced in my 48 years. I had my feet in hot water for 3 hours, refreshed every 10 minutes, and foot is swollen.

Comment from: Beachmum, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 30

My son (9 years old) got stung by a stingray at Coronado Beach on August 25, 2018 (5 pm) about 30 feet from the beach. He ran to the beach screaming in pain, and my husband got the lifeguard who drove him to the lifeguard tower to soak in hot water for about an hour. He was in great pain and crying the whole time. There were about 5 or 6 other people who got stung soaking their feet at this time. We gave him ibuprofen back at hotel and his foot was sore for a day or two after.

Comment from: Marsthing, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I got stung by a stingray today in Ventura. I did hot water treatment and that brought the pain down to a 7. We decided to go to the emergency room when the pain moved up to my hip. The 15 minute car ride without any hot water was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt, easily a 9 out of 10. The super intense pain lasted about an hour.

Comment from: Heidi, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 28

My daughter got stung by a stingray at Coronado Beach in San Diego. She was still in shallow water when it got her. She screamed and cried like I've never seen. I could only imagine her pain. She bled all over the lifeguard's truck. They washed her foot and soaked it in very hot water for about an hour. I gave her ibuprofen and took her home. Her foot is swollen and feels weird she says. But the pain is gone.

Comment from: ss, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I was stung by a stingray on 8/19/18 in San Clemente, in the bottom of right foot and 2 small toes. I thought I cut my foot on glass at first, it was very bloody and I had sharp pain. I went directly to the lifeguard and could barely speak. Pain was excruciating, my breathing was intense. He rinsed my foot and I was taken to first aid HQ, had my foot in a hot water bath within 10 minutes of the sting. Nauseous, I felt I’d pass out but didn’t. Pain went away after about an hour in the water. It is still sore and tender 8 hours later. The worst pain of my life.

Comment from: Coronado, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I got stung by stingray on 8/17/18 in the mid-afternoon at Coronado Beach about 30 feet from shore (at the breakers). Felt like I stepped on glass, knew it wasn’t when the pain spread to my foot in the first minute. Got a lift to the lifeguard’s house where my foot was soaked in hot water for about an hour. Pain was coming and going in waves, but definitely had some 9/10 on the pain scale in that hour. Very important to get medical attention immediately after being stung.

Comment from: Mom, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 08

My daughter was stung by a stingray on 8/10/2018 at Coco Beach while heading back to shore. She kept telling I can't walk. When she pulled her foot out of the water blood was gushing from the wound. She said something prodded her foot in the ocean and she experienced excruciating pain, on a scale from 1 to 10 she said it was as though someone was turning up pain level to 1000! She was shaking, crying, and broke out in a sweat.

Comment from: Stingray shuffle, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 27

I was stung by a stingray in St. Petersburg, Florida in about 2.5 ft. of water. At first I thought a large crab or something bit me. The puncture wound bled and was a bit smaller in diameter than a pencil. Almost immediately I felt an intense amount of pain that got worse with time and peaked around the 1 to 2 hour point. The lifeguards gave me hot packs and instructions for home care since no barb was imbedded. Second day I feel light headed and a bit nauseous, but the pain was almost all gone.

Comment from: CozuMelinda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I got tagged on the bottom of my left wrist while snorkeling, trying to exit over a sandy/rocky area in rough surf in Cozumel. I didn't see the stingray but had seen them earlier, and nearly-boiling water made the pain almost disappear. My hand turned blue, then red, then white and felt like it was being crushed in a vise. I have almost no pain after 3 hours, just sore. Ten days later, hand and 2/3 of forearm are black and blue, stiff and sore like a muscle strain. It was a tiny (1 cm) puncture but bled a lot. I was given Bactrim.

Comment from: Ouch!, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I was stung on the top of my foot by a stingray. I bled a lot as I continued to go out into the surf on my board. Salt water soak helped a little in the ocean. Foot started to feel bad and numb so I hobbled into shore. Pain started and I got home quick as my body started to shake from pain like I was shivering. I ran extremely hot water over my foot and then soaked with Epsom salts. It has been 8 days now and foot is still swollen, red and hard, with tight skin on top of the foot. The cut has healed close with local triple antibiotic ointment.

Comment from: Suzie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

This past week I was in Huntington, California. My friend and I had been there for maybe a total of an hour. We were body surfing in the water. I noticed we were drifting pretty far from our things, so I began walking back to shore to stay near our bags. As I was walking, I felt as if a crab had just pinched my pinkie toe. I yelled to my friend who I was with that I had been pinched and needed to go back to shore. I sat where the water met the sand and noticed my foot was indeed bleeding from what I thought was a crab pinch. I rushed back to my towel and began to put pressure on it to stop the bleeding. I began crying from the pain, hysterically. A stranger nearby came over to see if I was alright and I had explained how I had been pinched by a crab. He told me, 'oh no, that is what getting stung by a stingray feels like. We have had a lot of issues with that for a while. I have been stung at least ten times!' He then told my friend to get a lifeguard. The lifeguard came and brought me a bag of hot water to put my foot in. I felt like I was going to pass out from the pain and also super nauseous. The water would start to get cold every 15 minutes. The lifeguard would come back and change out my water. Every time I would lift my foot out of the bag, it hurt like no other pain I have ever felt in my entire life. We kept my foot in a bag for 2 straight hours. My friend and I then left to go to our hotel. The next two days, we spent at Disneyland and California Adventures. Yes that is right, I walked on it for 2 days straight. We walked a total of 10 miles a day! I took ibuprofen every couple hours to help the pain go down so I could walk. By day 3, my foot was completely swollen. It was so painful to walk on. We drove back home the day after and I couldn't even fit a shoe over my foot. I attempted to keep applying hot water to it and nothing seemed to help the swelling go down. We are now on day 5 and my pinkie toe feels extremely numb still. I am hoping this goes down and I can have a normal foot again.

Comment from: Randy B, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I was stung by a stingray last week in Florida, at Belleair Beach. The day before my sting, a woman was stung in the water and we saw her lift her foot which was bleeding immediately. We got her ice and only learned, the next day, that ice doesn't help but hot water is necessary to ease the pain as the heat breaks down the venomous protein infused by the sting. Ten minutes after the conversation on shore, I stepped into the water and was stung on the bottom of my foot! Luckily I knew what to do and immediately went to my hotel room and ran hot water over my foot. In the minutes of walking to the hotel, the pain went from bearable to excruciating; only hot water made it okay, but even then I felt like I was going to vomit or pass out for the first 30 minutes. Every time I stopped the hot water, thinking it was enough, a minute would pass and the severe pain would return, then I'd go back to the hot water. I did this for two hours and then I was okay to just lie on the bed. I was surprisingly able to walk on the foot by the evening, and went out to dinner. By the end of the next day, the foot was very tender and the wound began bleeding again. I returned to New York the following day and saw a doctor who prescribed an antibiotic in case of infection. It has now been one whole week and my foot is still extremely sore, I'm finding it difficult to walk properly. I have learned that when entering water where stingrays possibly might be present, it's important to shuffle your feet slowly along the sand which warns them of your approach and shoos them away. Don't lift your feet and walk, as you can step on one, which triggers a sting. I saw three more stingrays at the beach later in the day I was stung, as I stood safely ashore. They must have come as a large group for feeding or breeding.

Comment from: Donna , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I was walking through ankle deep water in Brighton, Queensland. I had on water sandals because I'm aware of stingrays and stone fish in the area. I felt a fish like movement on the side of my sandal strap, then suddenly felt like a crab had bitten me. I pulled my foot sideways and upwards out of the water. I noticed the 15 mm puncture wound was gushing blood, I immediately applied pressure to the wound with my thumb but it wouldn't stop the blood flow. We made up a tourniquet and made the trek back to the road. By the time I had made it to the car I was shaking and sweating from the pain. My partner took me to the emergency room at the hospital, where they had one look and admitted me straight away. They put my foot in hot water (45 C) for 60 minutes and sent me off for an x-ray. They gave me tetanus shot, then put the needle of the anesthetic directly into the wound, gross! I had immediate pain relief though was still bleeding a lot. They irrigated the wound with saline and gave two antibiotic tablets, with a prescription for a further 14 days. Nurse was fabulous, I was her second patient that day. Apparently breeding season is in March in Australia. Early days yet, so hoping for a speedy recovery. Thanks to all the other comments, it was helpful.

Comment from: Ginger, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

While vacationing in Costa Rica, I stepped on a stingray when exiting the ocean in less than knee deep water. It felt like a shark chomped onto my right Achilles and anterior ankle. I realized blood was pulsing into the water as I tried to get to the beach before the 'shark' took another bite. Once on shore, I was unable to put any weight on my right foot. The laceration was a jagged 2.5 inches long wrapping around my Achilles and extending to the anterior side of my ankle under the ankle bone. I immediately removed my swim shirt to apply pressure to stop the bleeding. Fierce pain began pulsating up my lower leg to my knee. I was transported back to the resort. They did not offer my any hot water; only water to drink. After a 3 hour ride I arrived at an empty locked clinic. While I waited in the van for the doctor, I writhed and moaned in pain, literally begging for help. I began passing out when the doctor arrived. I lay on my stomach as the doctor filled my foot with 10 ml of lidocaine before I felt slight relief. He explained that he was cleaning the wound and repairing my Achilles that was partially severed. He claimed that he put in 3 stitches into the tendon (but weeks later when questioned declared he did not repair my tendons). He applied an additional 12 compression stitches to close the jagged wound along with antibiotics and morphine for good measure. I returned to the US 3 days later to find that the doctors had no idea how to help me. The stitches were removed 12 days later and I went through 3 more courses of antibiotics as my foot massively swelled and turned red and blue. One doctor said that I nearly lost my foot and was relieved I came in when things went sideways! I needed crutches for 3 weeks and a boot for another 6 weeks. It's been 9 months and I still suffer from stiffness, swelling, muscle cramps/knots, shooting pain in tendon, numbness in outer 3 toes and lack of circulation in my foot. The doctors tell me to ride my bike or run, both of which cause pain and swelling for days after the activity. I've had 3 children in natural childbirth and I've had kidney stones. This is by far the hardest thing I've had to overcome physically and I wonder if I will ever recover. I really wish I would have known about the hot water and how to avoid stepping on stingrays in the first place. I don't know if this has anything to do with the incident, but I have had several severe colds and have been quite fatigued since the incident. Maybe it's because I struggle to be as active as I once was or because I am in constant pain.

Comment from: roland, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 20

While recovering a shark line and trying to remove the hook from what I thought was a 'skate' the stingray inserted its barb into my leg at the left kneecap. I tried to remove it with pliers but failed. I was 3 miles offshore at the time, I recovered my shark line and started to return to my mooring. At this time the pain was extreme and my leg was becoming paralyzed. At the mooring I accessed my dinghy and rowed ashore. I left the dinghy at the boat ramp and hobbled to my vehicle, drove to the nearest hospital and was admitted. I was assessed and x-rayed and a decision was made that an operation had to be undertaken at another hospital an hour’s drive away. My wife drove me to this place and after some 4 hours wait I was taken to a surgical ward to be operated on the following day. The incident took place at 10 AM, at 6 PM I felt a stinging sensation approximately 10 inches higher up on the opposite side of my leg, the barb had moved to this area during the day. I was operated on at 11 PM that night and kept the barb as a souvenir. The incident occurred in Bass Strait in Tasmania. The pain during this ordeal was the worst I have ever experienced, I have had a number of injuries over my 76 years, and this has been the strongest pain ever.

Comment from: ouch, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I got stung by a stingray on the bottom of my foot at Dana Point in late August, almost 6 months ago. My friends thought I had gotten bit by a shark because there was so much blood and quickly pulled me out of the water. The lifeguards told me it was a stingray and said I would be fine and walking by the next day, all I needed to do was put my foot in hot water to pull out the venom. The pain was excruciating, I was crying uncontrollably and thought I was going to throw up. The hot water really helped and the pain completely went away after 30 minutes in hot water. The next day my foot had doubled in size and was super numb. I used crutches for 3 weeks, my foot was numb from the site of the sting, the ball of my foot, all the way up to the top of my big toe. It took 6 weeks to be able to bend my toe, it was just so sensitive. Five months later, the spot where I was stung is still fairly sensitive, I'm thinking there is nerve damage. My big toe has been numb since, but not very noticeable. However, I started running more recently and now my big toe has returned to a point of numbness that is starting to give me pain. I think it is the running, but maybe in combination with cold weather.

Comment from: SA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I got stung by a stingray at Santa Monica beach, California on 7/9/17. I was swimming in water up to my shoulder when I felt something latch onto my ankle. Excruciating pain like my ankle was being twisted in a medieval torture instrument. I thought it was a large crab. It lasted a few seconds and then I swam to shore, thought I was going to pass out from the pain. The lifeguards were terrific. They knew straight away what it was, got my foot in hot water and drove me off the beach to paramedics. I decided not to take ambulance (cost reasons). I sat on a bench with my foot in hot water for about an hour. The guy playing guitar beside me was great, insisted on going to his car and getting me water and Advil. After an hour, the pain was still severe so I went to the emergency room. They did an x-ray and discovered there was a barb in the foot. The doctor made a really good effort to get it out but the subsequent x-ray showed that some of the barb had broken off and was still in my foot. The doctor suggested waiting a few days to see if it works itself out and if not I'll need to go back. They put me on two sets of antibiotics, and gave me pain medicines. That was three days ago. The first day I couldn't walk on it but now I can, the pain is much better, it seems to be healing nicely although it's very swollen. I am grateful to all the kind lifeguards and medical staff and strangers (although not so grateful for the people on the boardwalk who took photos of me in pain with my foot in the stingray kit plastic bowl thing; crazy)!

Comment from: Melodye77, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I suffered from a small sting ray injury on my foot on the 28th of December 2016. The pain was immediate and intense, I could feel it coursing through my foot, making it go numb. The wound was very small, less than a centimeter. The size of the cut was out of proportion to the intensity of the pain. My foot swelled up straight away and hot water brought immediate relief. After a week or so the swelling started to go down but it was still painful. At about 2 weeks after the incident my foot swelled up again with a secondary infection. I took a course of antibiotics and the swelling went down. Now 6 weeks later my foot is still not healed properly. My 2 smallest toes are still numb and the injury site is still red and slightly raised.

Comment from: Butterflycait, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

On a recent visit to Fort Myers Beach, Florida I had a most unfortunate encounter with a stingray. I felt immediate, severe pain, and thought perhaps a crab had latched onto my foot. When I was able to get back to shore, my foot was bleeding profusely and the burning, searing pain was creeping up my leg, unlike anything I had ever experienced. Family members helped wash out the wound with potable water and then transported me to the local emergency department, where emergency medical technicians immediately diagnosed a stingray injury. By now I was experiencing nausea in addition to the pain. They began hot water baths, which, surprisingly, brought relief. We continued that treatment at home for several more hours. Some swelling as well as bruising, oozing and stabbing pain continued for several days, relieved by over-the-counter Advil. Although I believe the worst is behind me, I am seeking further medical treatment from my physician at home.

Comment from: Ram, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 03

I stepped on stingray while surfing in Oceanside, CA, south of pier. It happened on December 9. Today on January 2 I am maybe 95 percent recovered. I still have black callus on outer foot and a little bit of swelling. I took one 5-day course and one 7-day course of Bactrim for it to get here. Along the way it was very swollen after the first week and I even felt tenderness at my knee. I am Indian and have very strong immune system. I never even get a cold more than once in 3 years. So I suggest you get Bactrim course for 1 week immediately if you get stung and keep out of the ocean water until it heals. I was not given any hot water on the day of the injury although I went to the emergency room; not sure if that made it heal much slower.

Comment from: Ryanvanren, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 22

I was stung by a stingray on November 13, 2016 at Huntington Beach, California. I was in about a foot of water with my 8 year old, bodysurfing. After I got stung, I ended up at the lifeguard station about 30 minutes later where they soaked my foot in scalding hot water. The pain for the first hour was tolerable and even more so, when it was in the hot water. I only soaked for about 45 minutes and then went back to the beach to watch my daughter play in her volleyball tournament. After about another 40 minutes (so now about an hour forty five after being stung) the pain was intense and I couldn't sit still. So, I ended up back at the lifeguard station to soak for another 45 minutes. The pain lasted for about 3.5 to 4 hours. Once I got home and put my foot in a Jacuzzi, it virtually went away. I was fine the next day and all week. Now, a week later, my foot has started swelling, is a little painful and the wound is itchy. Not sure if I should go get antibiotics. The wound does not appear to be infected and the swelling is not around the wound, but higher towards my ankle.

Comment from: Ronny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I was stung walking out of the shallows (less than knee deep) at San Onofre State beach. It felt like something loosely grabbed my foot then I got nailed in the ankle. Felt like someone just jabbed me superfast with a hypodermic. I knew it was a stingray immediately even though I had never been stung even by a jellyfish. Soon as I got out of the water I saw blood oozing from a single puncture wound. I instinctively reached down and squished it, and oozed more blood out. It felt like a bee sting, then like a wasp sting. Didn't get much worse than that. I called 911 just in case I had a reaction. I'd never had a problem with stings but I read where marine venoms were more evolved than their land counterparts. Although the pain subsided after about an hour, two weeks later it's still slightly swollen and itchy. There is some super light oozing. The paramedics were surprised I wasn't in more pain. Personally I feel I may have squished out a portion of the venom. So that's a hint for future reference. Hope I never get stung again but maybe I'll take a venom sucker out thingy with me in the future.

Comment from: jodolphin73, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 27

I was just stung by a stingray this weekend (on the bottom of one of my toes). I was paddle boarding and fell off my board accidentally stepping on a stingray. Honestly, this was the most painful experience I've ever had to endure. I was paddling from Doheny Beach at Dana Point to Baby Beach in the harbor when I was stung. I was basically forced to paddle my way back to the harbor in excruciating pain (I don't know how I did this without passing out). It took about an hour or so to finally get to the shore. After an hour of paddling with this pain, the lifeguard could not help. He didn't have access to hot water. I then had to wait another 10 to 15 minutes to get to my partner's family's house. Their neighbor was so helpful! She took great care of me and I am so thankful to her. She had also been stung in the past and knew exactly what I was going through. My only advice if this ever happens to you is, get your foot in the hottest water possible at the fastest rate possible. The pain can be so bad that you can actually pass out from the pain. Because the venom was spreading, I couldn't touch my foot. I experienced leg cramps, fatigue, dizziness, shaking and nausea. Pretty awful experience.

Comment from: annie, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 20

My friend was fishing. He caught a stingray, went to take it off the line, and its barb went into his arm. He cleaned it up and went to urgent care, and they transported him by ambulance to hospital. He spent a week there, then was released. His hand is still swollen with busted blood vessels and blisters, and now he has shooting pain in his arm and legs and his leg is swelling up.

Comment from: Atlz, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 12

I was stung by a stingray on August 28th in Hilton Head, SC. As I was walking into the surf I felt a hard tap on my ankle and then instant pain. I knew right away it was a stingray because I felt it swimming out from under my foot. The pain was excruciating. Bleeding, I limped my way to the lifeguard who put a heat pack on my ankle. My girlfriend brought hot water from the resort bar on the lifeguard’s advice. For the next two hours I soaked my foot. The pain gradually went away and I was well enough to go back to Atlanta. This morning (Sep 9) I woke up with intense pain and some swelling. The pain was exactly like the initial sting but not as severe. Seriously contemplating a trip to the emergency room. I've stepped on stingrays twice before without getting stung. But this experience makes me think twice about walking in sandy surf.

Comment from: S.A., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

In August 2016 I was vacationing in Mexico. On the 2nd day at 7:30 am while swimming in the allowed area, I felt a sharp poking, tearing, twisting, whatever you name it on my leg above the left ankle. I swam to the shore fast and pulled a 4 inch long white spine while blood gushed out. I went to the lobby and I had the worst pain ever, no words to describe. Lifeguard treated by cleaning and putting iodine and bandage my ankle. Then I waited an hour and a half for the doctor. I was writhing in pain. Doctor used warm water and vinegar and the pain went away after 30 minutes. I had one stitch and got antibiotics. I had plenty of drinks and went back swimming, which were both stupid. It got infected and swollen. Back in USA I went to the doctor and in emergency room, I was given two bags of antibiotics and prescription for after. Foot is red and swollen, hurts around the wound, and burns like hot liquid is flowing in waves inside my veins. I hope I get better.

Comment from: Carol, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I was stung in the Gulf of Mexico August 22, even had on my Teva strap-on sandals but must have shuffled into a stingray. It felt like something bit/stung me, I had intense pain and numbness, half way up my foot for about 3 hours with bleeding and small crescent shaped cut near nail bed. Eight days later cut was not healing, but had blistered up. Then I had swelling and pain. I saw the physician’s assistant and was put on antibiotic. I had x-ray, then referred to podiatry, more x-rays done, ultrasound, and put on two different antibiotics and cream. The wound got lanced and culture sent in. I am elevating foot and no closed toe shoes for 2 weeks. Hoping for the best as I work on my feet.

Comment from: Jan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I got stung by a stingray 9 days ago on Catalina Island. It felt like a hot ice pick into the top of my foot. I knew what it was immediately. It bled profusely and I read that the ray also injects an anticoagulant with the venom. The hot water soak for 1.5 hours helped immensely with the pain that was shooting from my foot up my leg, and after letting it bleed some, pressure stopped it right away. I sent a photo to a doctor and he prescribed 500 mg of Keflex 4 times per day. I also got Hibiclens antibacterial skin wash hoping to avoid secondary infection. The barb was not left in my foot and I hope no debris since I was hiking on an island and didn't have professional cleansing of the 1.5 inch wound. Being an avid, swimmer, diver, and surfer for 65 years, and never being stung is pretty good I guess. It's now itching like crazy! I see that others mentioned this too.

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