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 Pin It Assess Am I at risk of a stroke? » Join Parenting Forum » Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » Breathe for me Become an organ donor 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 Snakebite: what to do More: First aidBites and stings advertisement Get a quote Selfmed - the one with the apple Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover 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 Diet and nutrition Diet drinks 'as bad as meth addiction' Diet and nutrition Purple tomatoes more ‘tasty and healthy’ Medical Type 2 diabetes progresses faster in kids Mental health The science behind the itch Fitness Exercise should be core subject at school Medical Losing weight may ease heartburn From our sponsors Hill's Science Plan Canine Mini range What is Diabetic Neuropathy? There are more than 200 different viruses which can cause a cold A clinically proven skin care range is now available Live healthier Be vitamin-smart » A-Z of vitamins What is vitamin C? Ask the expert Why we need vitamin D Even in a country with an abundance of sunlight you might have a vitamin D deficiency. Here's why. Beat acne » Stars with scars Acne tips Skincare Myths about acne Through the ages, there have been many myths about acne. We list the myths and give you the facts.