Lionfishes are easily recognized by their vibrant color and needle-like spines.
They use their color and splayed fins as a warning of potential danger and to ward off other animals.
Lionfish spines contain venomous neurotoxins which are deadly to their prey although rarely fatal to humans.
Colliding with a lionfish's toxic sting is likely to cause nausea and vomiting.
You may feel feverish with headaches and dizziness. It is also common to suffer breathing difficulties from lionfish stings.
If you get stung by a lionfish you should exit the water immediately and seek medical attention.
Administering appropriate and immediate first aid treatment for a lionfish sting will help to ease the pain and break down the venom.
Place the affected area in hot water. The water should be 110(F) or hotter if the patient can tolerate it.
Remaining spine fragments should be removed from the skin by a Doctor to prevent infection. The medical professional may also administer a painkiller because lionfish stings are painful and you can expect several days of discomfort.
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