Outer Banks Tips: How to Treat A Jellyfish Sting
How to Treat a Jellyfish StingRemove gently what’s left of the tentacles off the skin with a pair of tweezers or with two pairs of gloves. To get rid of the invisible fragments, apply some wet sand or shaving cream to the affected area and shave it off with the help of a wax comb or a credit card. Flood the area with sea water or saline solution. Vinegar can be used for some species. After removal, disinfect the area with sterile gauze soaked in an antiseptic solution. Ice or cold packs are effective to help dull any pain. Keep an eye on the wound and see a doctor if it looks infected or inflammatory. While you're at it, a tetanus shot could be a good idea. Things to avoid: Do not rub the injuries because you will release the venom from the stinging cells into the skin. Do not rinse the wound with fresh water that would burst the remaining cells and release the poison. Do not suck out the venom. (Would you do that?! :)) Do not touch a jellyfish stranded on the sand; a dead jellyfish still stings.
Thursday, August 9, 2012