Bites And Stings Overview

Marine And Other Bites and Stings


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Things to Remember

  • Keep the person still to slow toxins circulating through the body
  • Don’t suck the poison out or cut the wound
  • Do not use tourniquets
  • Any unknown marine sting should be treated with vinegar


Funnel Web Spider, Mouse Spider, Snakes, Blue-Ringed Octopus, Cone Shells and Sea snakes

Immobilize and apply a pressure bandage

  • Keep patient still
  • Firmly apply a crepe bandage starting from the toes or the fingers and working up the limb
  • Immobilize the limb with splints


Bees, Wasps, Ants, Ticks, Scorpions, Centipedes and most other spiders not mentioned, including Red-back


  • Apply an ice pack to the injury site to reduce pain and swelling
  • Do not put ice directly on the skin


Blue-Bottle Jellyfish, Bullrout Fish, Catfish, Crown of Thorns Starfish, Stingray, Stonefish and non-tropical jellyfish

Hot Water

  • Water should not be hotter than 45 degrees Celsius and immersion should be for no more than 30 minutes
    • Follow DRSABCD
    • Keep patient calm
    • Place the sting site into hot water for up to 30 minutes


Box Jellyfish, Irukandji, Sea anemones and tropical marine stings of unknown origin


    • Flush with vinegar for 30 seconds (if vinegar is not available use sea water)
    • Remove tentacles (do not use bare hands)