What to Do If You’re Stung by a Jellyfish

If you enjoy the ocean, then you’re likely familiar with jellyfish. They’re those nasty creatures that are depicted quite friendly in the cartoons, but in real life can cause a serious sting and a lot of tears.

If you’re heading to the beach, here is a quick guide on what to do if you’re unfortunate enough to encounter a jellyfish.

  1. The first thing that you need to do is stay in the water, but move away from any jellyfish. The purpose of staying in the water is to wash away any tentacles which may have stuck to your skin, with seawater.
    1. It is important that you only wash the area with seawater, as freshwater could inflame the stingers.
  2. Once you have removed what you can see, move to a comfortable space where you can tend to your wound.
  3. If you can see any remaining tentacles or stingers, scrape them away with a piece of card or something similar. Be sure not to touch it with your hands!
  4. Next up you’re going to need some vinegar. Get some vinegar out of your first aid kit and rinse it over the area for around 30 seconds.
    1. This could cause a bit of a sting, but it’s for the better.

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  1. Strange as this next one will sound, immerse the area in hot water for 20 minutes. As hot as you can tolerate without causing pain or burning.
  2. Once this has been completed, dry the area with a clean, dry towel.
  3. There may be some lingering stinging or itching. For this, the best idea is a general calamine lotion. However, ask your pharmacist.

It’s important to remember that as much as it stings, the only real danger comes from an allergy or if it was caused by a box jellyfish, which are mostly only located in Australia.

If you do get stung, do your best to stay calm and remember these tips!

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