Frequently Asked Questions

Our Formula Questions

How does StingMaster work?

StingMaster contains rhubarb extract, which we discovered has a molecule that specifically blocks the pain caused by lionfish venom. How? Well it goes to the same place in the nervous system and prevents the pain-causing toxins in lionfish venom from activating your nerves and sending pain signals to your brain. You can learn more about that here: How it Works

Why is there lidocaine in the formula?

We include lidocaine in our formula for FDA labeling purposes! The REAL magic ingredient in our formula is the rhubarb extract: we discovered that a molecule that can be found naturally in rhubarb extract can directly block the pain caused by lionfish stings. So no – StingMaster is not just a Lidocaine cream! If anything, it’s a rhubarb cream

Is StingMaster just a lidocaine cream?

NO! We include lidocaine in our formula since we are an OTC product that treats pain. FDA regulations oblige us to include Lidocaine in order for us to make the claim that we treat pain. The REAL magic ingredient in our formula is the rhubarb extract: we discovered that a molecule that can be found naturally in rhubarb extract can directly block the pain caused by lionfish stings. So no – StingMaster is not just a Lidocaine cream! If anything, it’s a rhubarb cream

Lionfish Questions

Are lionfish venomous or poisonous?

Lionfish are venomous! Once you cut off their spines, you’ve removed their venom and they’re totally safe to eat (and crazy delicious too)!

Why hunt lionfish?

Lionfish are an extremely invasive species in the Atlantic and Mediterrannean Sea. They reproduce very quickly and consume basically any fish that are smaller than them – they are terrible for reef biodiversity and ocean health so that’s why people hunt them! The more people hunt lionfish, the more we can control their population and reduce the negative repercussions of their invasion. 

Can you eat lionfish?

Yes, you can! As long as you cut off the venomous spines on their back, you can eat lionfish no problem. We have lots of recipes on our blog if you need some cooking inspiration!

Stings & Treatment Questions

Why does StingMaster work on so many different stings?

We formulated StingMaster to treat the most painful sting in the ocean: lionfish stings. Once we finished our formula, tested it against lionfish venom and knew that it worked – we let it out into the world for people to try themselves. Surprisingly, we were getting feedback from people that StingMaster seems to work on a variety of stings including (but not limited to) jellyfish, sea lice, and fire coral!

How do you get stung by a lionfish?

People get stung by lionfish after getting punctured by one or a few of their venomous spines that are found on their back. Lionfish don’t typically attack people, so you would usually get stung by either trying to touch one, stepping on one, while you’re pulling them off of your spear or while cleaning/fileting them.

How do I treat a lionfish sting?

As soon as you realize you’ve been stung, surface safely from your dive and go on either your dive boat or back to the beach if that’s where you came from. Rinse the area off with clean water (preferably rubbing alcohol if you have any around) and apply StingMaster immediately. Within seconds, you’ll feel pain relief

How do I treat a jellyfish sting?

As soon as you realize you’ve been stung, surface safely from your dive and go on either your dive boat or back to the beach if that’s where you came from. Rinse the area off with clean water (preferably rubbing alcohol if you have any around) and use something stiff to scrape off the jellyfish tentacles if any are still on your skin. Apply StingMaster immediately. Within seconds, you’ll feel pain relief

How do I treat a sea lice sting?

As soon as you realize you’ve been stung, surface safely from your dive and go on either your dive boat or back to the beach if that’s where you came from. Rinse the area off with clean water (preferably rubbing alcohol if you have any around) and apply StingMaster immediately. Within seconds, you’ll feel pain relief

How do I treat a fire coral sting?

As soon as you realize you’ve been stung, surface safely from your dive and go on either your dive boat or back to the beach if that’s where you came from. Rinse the area off with clean water (preferably rubbing alcohol if you have any around) and apply StingMaster immediately. Within seconds, you’ll feel pain relief

What happens after you get stung by a lionfish?

It’ll hurt like crazy, it swells up and gets very red but don’t worry, you won’t die! StingMaster will block the pain caused by the venom and reduce some of the swelling and inflammation caused by the sting, so instead of having your day ruined by a lionfish sting, you can go on as though nothing happened!

What happens after you get stung by a jellyfish, sea lice or fire coral?

After you get stung by a jellyfish, sea lice or fire coral, you can expect to feel a lot of pain at the site of the sting. Some people experience swelling and blister formation from jellyfish and sea lice depending on the species of jellyfish/how bad the sting was. You can also expect to experience a lot of redness, but mostly a very painful sting! StingMaster blocks the pain caused by these stings within seconds. Thanks to the fast relief, you’ll be able to go back to whatever you were doing and you won’t itch/touch your sting as much, resulting in some reduction in swelling and blister formation.

General Questions

Where can I buy StingMaster?

You can buy StingMaster right here on our website at www.buystingmaster.com or at a variety of dive shops in the United States.

How was StingMaster created?

StingMaster was created by two scientists who study lionfish venom named Dr. Reza Sharif-Naeini and Stephanie Mouchbahani-Constance! You can read more about how they created StingMaster here: About

Where is StingMaster manufactured?

StingMaster is manufactured in the United States of America.

Does StingMaster ship internationally?

Yes! We ship to all of North America and Europe for now. Australia is coming soon 😉

How big is a jar of StingMaster?

A box of StingMaster is 1.7 in x 1.7 in x 1.7 in and contains a 1 oz jar of StingMaster.

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