You can barely see this well-camouflaged scorpionfish, making it easy to see why they can get stepped on from time to time.
literature have reported the same thing, experienced local pain, 60 percent of help or neglecting such an injury can be
What to Do
too. This does not mean that it has never patients experienced swelling, 13 very painful and can lead to real trouble.
happened, but it implies that death by percent of patients experienced systemic Applying first-aid can help to relieve the
lionfish sting is exceptionally rare if it ever symptoms, 1 percent of patients pain almost immediately, but a trip to the
does happen. In fact, it would likely be experienced tissue necrosis, and no emergency room should follow.
limited only to those victims that might patients died. As far as first-aid goes, you should
display some sort of allergic reaction to a In another study of 45 documented cases check to see if there are any obvious
sting, or to those that later suffer from a of captive lionfish envenomations reported pieces of spine left in the wound. If any
fatal infection related to the wound. to the San Francisco Poison Control Center are present, and can be easily removed,
Conversely, in the vast majority of over a 5-year period, the following effects do so with great care. Sometimes it may
cases, the predominant effects of a sting were reported by Kizer, et al. (1985): 100 be too painful an ordeal to remove pieces
are nothing more than severe pain and percent of patients experienced local pain, yourself, thus you may need to wait until
swelling in the area around the puncture. 22 percent of patients experienced pain a medical professional can take care of it.
A handful of victims have experienced extending through the affected extremity, The pieces are best removed using
systemic symptoms like nausea, dizziness, 13 percent of patients experienced systemic tweezers and a microscope any way, and
muscle weakness, shortness of breath, and symptoms, and again, no patients died. I’d bet that if you get stung it will happen
headache brought on by the venom and/ So it’s clear to see that that the odds of to be your dominant hand. Left-handed
or as a reaction to the level of pain, but being seriously injured by a lionfish, while home surgery (or right for the lefties)
that’s about it. In the worst of cases, when not null, are certainly slim if the wound is sounds like a bad idea to me. Likewise,
medical treatment has been administered, treated properly. special care should also be taken if a piece
someblisteringand/ortissueloss(necrosis) is embedded near a larger blood vessel,
has been experienced in the wound area, a joint, or a major nerve, etc., in which
but this is very rare. case you can compound the problem by
For example, in a series of 101 attemptingtodoityourself.
documented cases of captive lionfish In the event that the wound bleeds,
envenomationshereinthe United States, apply direct pressure to help stop the
the following effects were reported by flow. Of course you may have to pass
Gallagher (2001): 92 percent of patients over this procedure if you believe you
There are several things to do if you
get stung by a lionfish, one of which is
to get professional help. I realize I’ve just
pointed out that the chances of receiving a
serious injury are slim, but that’s if a sting
is treated properly. Avoiding professional