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Treating Jellyfish Sting

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Treating Jellyfish Sting

Many of us love going to the water for a nice, refreshing swim especially during the warmer seasons but one thing can easily ruin our outing, a jellyfish sting. There are many different species of jellyfish in the waters of the world and there are many that can sting. These stings are rarely fatal but there are some species whose sting may cause death if left untreated. For those non fatal stings the victims usually suffer pain, discomfort, burning sensations and irritation of the sting site on the skin.

There are many proven and unproven ways to treat a jellyfish sting. The most popular method which is proven to work is vinegar. Vinegar is not useful in all jellyfish stings but is effective in the majority of cases. In order to use this method to treat a jellyfish sting you will need at least two litres of vinegar and must pour this over the sting site for at least 30 seconds maintaining a constant stream of vinegar. This method will stop the discharge of the venom from the jellyfish, especially the box jellyfish species which can sting with a fatal dose of venom.

Other acidic liquids have also been tried by researchers to treat jellyfish stings. These liquids include popular drinks such as Coca-Cola, Fanta, Lemonade, fruit juices, Milks and also alcoholic beverages. These though did not prove to be as effective as using vinegar as vinegar was the only one that had the ability to completely stop the venom from discharging from the box jellyfish. Coca-Cola did work to a slight amount of extent and wine which had been left open for four days was also somewhat effective and more so than the Coca-Cola was but this was more likely because the wine had sat open for so long that it had started to become vinegar anyway. It was concluded by researchers that just because a liquid contains or is an acid does not necessarily mean that it will work as well as vinegar does.

Another treatment method is shaving cream. It is said that shaving cream should be applied to the affected and then shaving the area with a razor or a knife and then apply vinegar or an alcohol. Shaving cream works by preventing the stinging cells which have not yet been activated from discharging their toxin during removal with the razor or knife.

The next treatment item is baking soda. This home remedy is said to be effective against common stinging nettle jellyfish stings. To use this method mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of salt water until a thick paste is formed. Apply this paste to the affected area of the skin. Be sure not to use freshwater as this will make the sting worse and activate the stinging cells. Aloe Vera gel is said to help soothe the itching after a jellyfish sting and aid in the recovery and healing of the affected area and is used commonly throughout the world for treating sunburn and other skin irritations as well as cuts and abrasions.

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

To find out how to treat jellyfish stings without the use of urine please go to 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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