jellyfish sting

Treat a Jelly Fish Sting Naturally

Jellyfish stings are one of the perils of going swimming at the beach. It’s easy to miss these beautiful but dangerous animals in the rolling waves. Their stings are powerful, painful, and in some cases deadly! If you are allergic to other animals you may be allergic to jellyfish stings as well, so keeping your medications on hand is important! Remember to stay calm, if stung, and get out of the water. If you have trouble breathing or feel chest pain get medical attention immediately!

 

How do I know if I have been stung by a jelly fish?

  • Severe pain
  • Itchy rash
  • Welts
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscles Spasms
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Seek medical attention if:

  • There is trouble breathing
  • There is trouble swallowing
  • There is chest pain
  • There is severe pain at the site of the sting
  • The person affected is very young or elderly
  • The sting covers a large area of the body
  • The sting is on the face or genitals

 

How do I prevent being stung by a jelly fish?

  • Observe beach warning signs
  • Swim near a lifeguard
  • Do not touch or handle sea creatures; even if they appear dead
  • Wear protective clothing, including shoes
  • Scuff your feet in shallow water
  • Take care in rocky areas or near seaweed

 

How can I treat a jelly fish sting?

  • Remain calm and get out of the water as quickly as you can.
  • Remove any tentacles that are attached to your body with salt water or by gently scraping them with something flat like a credit card. DO NOT use your bare hands. Do not use fresh water.
  • For jellyfish stings only: deactivate the stingers with white vinegar or a meat tenderizer with papain.
  • For Portugese Man o’ War and other stings use a paste of baking soda and water on the sting area. Reapply every 15-20 minutes.
  • Take a hot shower after using the vinegar or baking soda paste to help neutralize the venom.
  • Avoid urinating on yourself. This does not work.
  • Cover your hands and children’s hands with mittens to prevent scratching.
  • Calamine lotion can be applied to help control itching.
  • Aloe Vera gel can be applied to help heal the welts and rash quickly.
  • Use shaving cream on the area of the sting then scrape it off with a credit card to help remove any stingers.
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