08 June 2016

How to treat a jellyfish sting

How best to treat a jellyfish sting has been a long-standing debate among surfers and beachgoers everywhere. Is it better to apply heat, or should you cool down the wound instead? Now Hawaiian researchers have settled the debate once and for all. They offer overwhelming evidence that all kinds of jellyfish stings are most effectively dealt with by applying heat, for example by treatment with hot packs or immersion in hot water. The reason? Jellyfish venom is deactivated at temperatures between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius.


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