Catfish lives mostly in lakes and muddy rivers. They are also sometimes found in beaches and temperate waters. When threatened, a catfish will aggressively defend itself, stinging most of the time.
They can be identified physically by the presence of whiskers on their mouth. Their whiskers have semblance with that of a cat, hence catfish.
The common symptom of catfish sting is severe inflammation and edema on the affected site. This will then be followed by severe pain. A catfish uses its 3 spines when attacking a victim, oftentimes sinking them into the victim’s skin when they sting.
Contained in the spines are venoms and chemicals which causes irritation and inflammation.
Symptoms of Catfish sting
Below are some of the common symptoms of catfish sting
- Inflammation and reddening of the affected site
- Acute irritation and pain caused by the selling of the extremity
- The affected site sometimes bleeds but this rarely happens
- The excruciating pain sometimes causes the victim to pass out
- The victim may notice the formation of wheals, red in color on the affected site. Touching the affected site creates a burning sensation
Treating catfish sting with a first aid kit
Catfish sticks can be effectively treated and managed by observing the following treatment protocols:
- Apply hot water on the affected site. Doing this eases the pain caused by the stinging
Ensure the water isn’t extremely hot to avoid damaging the affected skin the more.
- Removing the immersed spines using tweezers. It is important you get this done quickly to prevent the venom from spreading through the blood stream.
- Irrigate and scrub the affected site using fresh water. This will help eliminate the venom away from the site.
- Ensure the wound is kept open and ventilated. Covering it only softens the affected site on the skin.
- Catfish sting can easily be infected, and so extreme care must be taken to keep away infection.
It is important you seek medical attention after being stung by a catfish. Your healthcare provider will recommend the best treatment protocol that will aid rapid healing of the wound. If symptoms like lethargy and joint pain follows catfish sting, immediately consult with a doctor.
Home remedies for treating catfish sting
Here are some effective home remedies used for treating catfish sting
- Apis Mel and Homeopathic drugs have been proven to be effective in the treatment of catfish sting. What Apis does is to ease up the inflammation while also reducing the irritation and pain that follows a catfish sting. Belledona and Arsenic are homeopathic drugs used in treating catfish sting. Appropriate dosage is 4 times a day
- Applying tree oil on the affected site works well too. It helps keep away infections, thanks to its anti-microbial capabilities. Applying tree oil causes slight burning sensation which quickly fades away with time
- Cold compressing the wound, three to four times a day works well too.