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Alternative Names Return to topStings - marine animals; Bites - marine animals
Definition Return to top
Marine animal stings or bites refer to poisonous bites or stings from any form of sea life, including jellyfish.
Considerations Return to top
The majority of these types of stings occur in salt water. Some types of marine stings or bites can be deadly.
Causes Return to top
Causes include bites or stings from various types of marine life including: jellyfish, Portuguese Man-of-War, stingray, stonefish, scorpion fish, catfish, sea urchins, sea anemone, hydroid, coral, cone shell, sharks, barracudas, and moray or electric eels.
Symptoms Return to top
There may be pain, burning, swelling, redness, or bleeding near the area of the bite or sting. Other symptoms can affect the entire body, and may include:
First Aid Return to top
DO NOT Return to top
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Seek medical help if the person has difficulty breathing, uncontrolled bleeding, or other body-wide (generalized) symptoms.
Prevention Return to top
References Return to topOtten EJ. Venomous Animal Injuries. In: Marx J. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 6th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby; 2006. Update Date: 6/9/2008 Updated by: John E. Duldner, Jr., MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Director of Research, Department of Emergency Medicine Akron General Medical Center and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.