You can limit your risk of being injured
by jellyfish, a Portuguese man-of-war, or coral.
Be familiar with the marine risks in the
area where you plan to swim, snorkel, or dive. If you are traveling, obtain
information about the local conditions.
Be prepared with first aid
supplies that might be needed for a injury.
Watch for warning signs
that are posted when there is a jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-war
Do not touch jellyfish, Portuguese man-of-wars, or
Watch out for jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-wars in the
water, particularly when there are strong onshore winds.
of the water when jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-wars are present. Look out
for the bluish floats of the Portuguese man-of-war, and avoid the poisonous
Watch for beached jellyfish and
Portuguese man-of-wars. Their tentacles may still sting.
rely on clothing or on coating the skin with petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline)
to prevent stings. Wear a
wet suit to reduce your risk of getting
stung. A wet suit is a close-fitting, one- or two-piece suit, usually made
of rubber or foam neoprene. Swimmers, snorkelers, divers, kayakers, and other
people who spend time in cold water may wear wet suits for warmth and
Wear protective shoes when walking on the beach. Avoid
stepping on marine life.
Avoid swimming or snorkeling in swallow
water, where touching or bumping into coral might occur.
swimsuit with detergent and heat-dry after use. This will kill the stinging
larvae that cause
Talk to your doctor
about carrying epinephrine if you have had any sort of
allergic reaction or
severe reaction to a marine sting in the
past. Learn how and when to give yourself an epinephrine shot, and have it
near you at all times.
Consider using a topical jellyfish sting inhibitor lotion,
such as Safe Sea.
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November 11, 2013
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