Marine Life Injury

ExitCare ImageMarine life includes animals and fish that live in the water. Some of these animals may bite or sting you. Some are poisonous and others cause wounds when you touch them.

You may need a tetanus shot if:

  • You cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot.

  • The injury broke your skin.

If you need a tetanus shot and you choose not to have one, you may get tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.


  • Put your injured area under hot water as told by your doctor.

  • Do not use the wounded area until the wound improves.

  • Keep any bandages (dressings) clean and dry.

  • Change bandages as told by your doctor. If the bandage sticks, soak it in warm water. Rinse the wound and pat it dry.

  • Clean the wound 2 to 3 times a day with warm, soapy water.

  • Have your wound checked by your doctor in 2 to 3 days to make sure the wound is healing.

  • Have any stitches (sutures) removed as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.


  • Your wound starts to bleed more.

  • You have increasing pain, redness, or puffiness (swelling) in the wound.

  • You have yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • You have red streaks going away from the wound.

  • There is a bad smell coming from the wound or bandage.

  • You have shortness of breath or tightness in the chest.

  • Your tongue gets puffy or you have trouble talking or swallowing.

  • You have raised red patches on the skin that itch.

  • You become dizzy, weak, or pass out.

  • You have a bad headache or begin to shake uncontrollably.

  • You have a fever and or your symptoms suddenly get worse.

  • You have numbness or puffiness below the wound that is getting worse.

  • You cannot move your joint below the wound or have intense pain moving the joint.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or throw up (vomit).

  • You have watery poop (diarrhea).


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.