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If something or someone steps on a stingray, it will likely defend itself by lashing its tail and striking its enemy with the sharp spine. The spine causes a very painful wound, which can be deadly. WHAT TO DO IF STUNG: When you first get stung, don't try to stop the blood but let it pour out to get as much of the venom (and any bacteria) out as you can. When it stops bleeding push near the wound to make it bleed more (this also works for catfish). Hot water really works. The pain associated with the sting is absolutely excruciating. If you are taking care of someone who just got stung, if it is not already in hot water, stop reading, go soak it in hot water.
Contributed by Vanessa Lam