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Sting Ray Stings

Well I guess it’s getting to that time of year again when I hear of people getting stung by ray’s. They say the best way to not get stung is to do the “sting ray shuffle”. That is shuffle your feet on the sand so as to not step on the ray.I know getting stung hurt’s like hell and below I have added some hint’s that should help. by the way if you can( of Age) soak your foot in very hot water while drinking Jack Daniels on the rocks, boy you would be surprised at how fast the pain goes away( just kidding) , I know it’s no laughing matter.

Soak the affected limb in the hottest water tolerable for at least an hour. Other sources of heat such as a high power spotlight, engine manifold covered with a damp towel or hot car hood covered with a damp towel can also be used with caution. An instant hot pack like the kind used in glove warmers may be a good thing to keep on hand in your first aid kit when venturing into stingray territory. An open flame of any kind is probably to dangerous too use due to risk of burning the skin but may be considered if great care is taken to avoid burning and nothing else is available. Because stingray venoms are composed of heat-labile proteins, doing this will alter the tertiary structure of the polypeptide protein molecule by denaturing and thereby deactivating the poison. Ultimately this means that the venom will have less effect. Not only does the hot water help with the venom, but at the same time it will significantly reduce the amount of pain the victim is experiencing. Beach lifeguards sometimes keep buckets of hot water around the station on busy summer days – you could ask to use it. The venom will often become gel or jelly-like and ooze from the open wound–this is desired.

It probably wouldn’t hurt to go see a doctor to make sure the barb is out and especially if you have a large cut that might need stitches.

Be safe and have fun!

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