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This article will discuss jellyfish stings and how to heal a jellyfish sting.
What are jellyfish?
Jellyfish are soft-bodied aquatic animals with an umbrella-shaped upper body and tentacles. The tentacles have tiny sacs or nematocysts that contain venom. They also live in freshwater, coastal waters and in deep oceans.
Do they sting?
Some jellyfish sting, but very few are dangerous. Furthermore, people wading in shallow waters and swimming in the oceans are at the greatest risk of getting stung by them.
Are jellyfish poisonous?
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How to avoid jellyfish stings
Avoid touching jellyfish, dead or alive.
Symptoms of a sting
- Localized stinging pain.
- You may also feel nauseous and develop diarrhea. You may also experience abdominal pain and muscle spasms.
Should I pee on a jellyfish sting?
It is not advised to urinate on a jellyfish sting. If your urine happens to be alkaline, then as a result, it could worsen the sting and release more toxins.
How to heal a jellyfish sting
- Use a stick and remove any remaining tentacles. But, if you used clothing items to remove the tentacles, discard them and do not wear it again.
- Rinse the area in seawater, not freshwater.
- Soak or rinse the area in vinegar for 30 seconds. However, if you cannot find vinegar, continue to rinse in seawater.
- Do not touch the area with bare hands as tiny cysts could still be there and thus, you could sting your hands as a result.
- Do not apply ice or hot water.
- Apply shaving cream and use a razor or credit card to shave the area, to remove any remaining cysts.
- For eye stings, use a commercial saline solution.
- For mouth stings, use 1/4th strength vinegar and gargle with it.
- If the person feels nauseous or experiences abdominal pain, seek medical help immediately.