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Treat Jellyfish Sting

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Treat Jellyfish Sting

Jellyfish are intriguing sea creatures which can be quite alluring to watch at aquariums, these creatures are harmless when confined to a fish tank but when you come into contact with one in its wild habitat such as the beach it can be a dangerous encounter. Jellyfish use their tentacles to sting, not to be a menace but to protect themselves from potential predators. Different species of jellyfish have different types of venoms, most of these venoms are painful and cause irritation, discomfort and some general feeling of being unwell but there are some species which possess a very dangerous venom which can prove fatal to humans.

So just how do we treat a jellyfish sting? There are many different treatments for jellyfish stings, some are proven remedies and others are just hear say and haven't been significantly researched meaning that their effectiveness cannot yet be proven. It is important to recognise that a man of war jellyfish is very similar to the regular style of jellyfish and that these Portuguese man of war need to be treated differently as some common methods for treating jellyfish stings may actually increase pain and discomfort for those who have in fact been stung by this close relative.

The first step when it comes to treating a sting is to get out of the water and also be aware of any dead jellyfish on the land as a dead jellyfish can still sting you. If the person who has been stung is experiencing any difficulty with breathing or has other significant symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting or heart problems it is imperative that the ambulance is contacted immediately and medical treatment is begun as soon as possible. A sting will cause a burning sensation and this is completely normal and shouldn't be cause for alarm.

Next the tentacles if there are any on the victims skin should be removed without touching them with bare hands, use a towel or a stick as touching them will cause you to be stung again. Next you should rinse the area off with sea water and not freshwater, freshwater will make the problem worse and more than likely cause more stinging cells to be fired into the skin. Many people believe that applying heat to the affected area in the form of heated sea water or heated sand will also stop any more stinging cells shooting off. Another common method is the use of vinegar. It is thought that the acidity of vinegar neutralises the ability for the cells to be fired and this may be used on the skin before or after the tentacles have been removed from the victims skin if there were any attached. Baking soda is also said to work the same way but must be applied heavily and directly as a powder or mixed with sea water and poured over the sting. The effectiveness of this method is not known.

There is also a product on the market known as Stingmate jellyfish sting first aid gel which comes in an easy to use spray bottle and is claimed to be rather effective in treating stings.

Find jellyfish sting protection and relief products on Ebay (best price) or your local diving supply store.

For more information on jellyfish stings please visit our Jellyfish Sting Treatment Section.

Learn more about Jellyfish, different Jellyfish Species, general Jellyfish Information, Jellyfish Pets and Jellyfish Safety

Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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