First aid

29 June 2005

Jellyfish and bluebottle stings

Stung by a jellyfish or bluebottle? Here's what you should do.

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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.
 

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