Jellyfish Stings And Remedies

jellyfish stings I was stung by a jellyfish last week at a beach in Boca Raton. It was the first time in my life this has happened, and I go to the beach quite often. It looked liked hives rash and I felt a sensation in the elbow area that continued to sting for several minutes as I saw little red bumps emerge. It wasn’t very painful but was hard to ignore since it continued to sting and vibrate.

I ran over to lifeguard and he put a mixture of water and vinegar on it. It felt very good as soon as he poured it on. I hadn’t read the sign near the lifeguard stand that mentioned the jellyfish warning. He told me to wait 15 to 20 minutes and then I could go back into the ocean. My friend remembered that as a child, his grandmother used meat tenderizer in a mix with water on it for soothing the skin. Don’t use one that has spicing if you do this!

The vinegar is supposed to stop the stinger sacs (known as nematocysts) from expelling their venom. If you’re by the seaside and have no vinegar on hand, rinse the stung area in sea water. You can also use diluted isopropyl alcohol. The lifeguard said the vinegar solution would wash off the gel.

You may see see some tentacles but you probably won’t. Some people use a towel gently on that area and another folk remedy is to, apply a baking soda paste or some shaving cream to soothe the stung area. This will help remove the venom.

I was told by the lifeguard that in 7 or 8 hours it would be itchy , but that didn’t occur. When I went back in the water during the day, the rash seemed to be reduced by the salt water. I was told that after showering at home treat stung areas with an anti-histamine or anti-inflammatory agent. Luckily, I was at a beach with a lifeguard, because not all the beaches near my house have staff.

For stings in sensitive areas such as the eyes or mouth, you need to take extra precautions. When treating jellyfish stings around the eyes, you should rinse with a commercial saline solution For mouth stings, make a vinegar rinse of a cap or two of vinegar with ¾ cup of water. This should be gargled and spat out.

If the stings cause you intense pain, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for the pain.

The sting of the Hawaiian box jellyfish is the most poisonous of all, and requires immediate medical attention. At the onset of the sting, get out of the sea and douse the stung area with vinegar until medical aid arrives. Soak the area and tentacles in vinegar for at least 10 minutes before you attempt to deactivate and remove them. When treating jellyfish stings from a box jellyfish, make sure that you keep blood flowing to the affected area as this will help keep the venom from spreading quickly to other parts of the body.

Remember that if there is any swelling that indicates an allergic reaction such as throat and mouth restrictions or breathing problems quickly get the attention of the lifeguard and get emergency care through calling 911.

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2 Responses to “Jellyfish Stings And Remedies”

  1. In ocean saturday and felt a jelly fish near my body. I hit it and ran away before it stung me. When I got stung at 12 years old the rash really spread around my knee and it felt like an electrical pulse

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