This afternoon, my family and I were wading on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston Island. A stingray cut one of my daughters on her foot. When I took her somewhere for help, the main thing they did was to put her foot in a pan of hot water. It only takes about 30 seconds for the heat from the water to bring relief by neutralizing the toxin from the stingray. You have to keep soaking a while longer or else the pain will come right back. The nurse said that a chemical hotpad makes a good treatment if you can’t get to hot water and that the same treatment is effective for other common stings in this area.
My daughter is fine now. The hot water and a topical antibiotic were all she needed.