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immediately, regardless of the intensity of
pain caused by a sting.
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Note that lionfishes hail from the Indo-Pacific, but have recently invaded the Atlantic and Caribbean.
The author found several in the Bahamas last year, so watch out while diving there, too.
able to spread rapidly throughout the don’t get the bends trying to surface
victim’s body (Gallagher, 2001). But, in too quickly. You’ll likely be much better
general, chances for survival are good off taking your time surfacing and then
when medical treatment is provided, even dealing with the wound, rather than
in the worst cases. being placed in a decompression chamber
To finish, if you are a diver and you andhavingtodeal withthe woundinside.
should happen to get stung while down, Always remember that if you fear that
The first aid and further medical
treatment discussed in this article have
been taken from various sources, which
provide information given by medical
professionals. It is in no way intended
to be a substitute for professional
medical care, and is given strictly for
the sake of knowledge.
Always seek the immediate care of a
professional physician in the event of
a scorpaenid fish envenomation, and
heed the advice of your medical care
provider, who may suggest or take
actions other than those discussed in