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Lightning Injuries

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 5, 2023.

Lightning injuries occur when a person gets struck by lightning. Lightning produces an electric current that can pass through your body and damage nerves and organs.


Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Prevent lightning injuries:

  • When you hear thunder, seek immediate shelter in a safe place, such as a building.
  • Turn off anything that uses electricity, such as computers, telephones, and radios.
  • If you are in an open field, squat down and put your hands over your ears. Do not stand next to objects that are taller than you are.
  • Do not touch metal objects, such as fences, bicycles, and motorcycles.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Return to the emergency department if:

  • You feel dizzy and confused, or have trouble thinking clearly.
  • You have a fast heartbeat and chest pain.
  • You have increased redness, numbness, or swelling in the burned area.
  • You have trouble breathing.
  • Your lips or fingernails turn blue.
  • Your pain does not go away, or gets worse even after you take medicine.

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