Home > Medical > First aid > Bites and stings 29 June 2005 Jellyfish and bluebottle stings Stung by a jellyfish or bluebottle? Here's what you should do. 0 Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » How to perform the Heimlich Manoeuvre How to save a choking child Stung by a jellyfish or bluebottle? Here's what you should do. Immediately rinse the affected area of skin with sea water before attempting to remove the tentacles. Do not rinse with fresh water or rub the area. Cover your hands and gently remove any tentacles. Rinse the area with vinegar or apply baking soda paste or a meat tenderizer-water combination paste. Pain can be treated with topical anaesthetic creams or calamine lotion. Also try immersing the affected part in water as hot as can be tolerated with a pinch of salt for 30 minutes. More in Medical How to identify rabies More: First aidBites and stings SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Mental health Clinic mum over 'gay conversion' therapy Medical Why you should take Vitamin C this festive season Medical 5 things you didn't know about osteoporosis Medical Doctors too strict about sex after heart attack Sex From she to he – a young man's journey to happiness Medical Avoid getting sick while going on holiday From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.