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What is the treatment for jellyfish sting?

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Some jellyfish have stingers that can pierce skin with venom.

  • Rinse with seawater (freshwater will hurt more)
  • Apply vinegar or isopropyl alcohol
  • Take out tentacles with tweezers
  • Apply shaving cream or a paste of baking soda or mud to the wound. Shave the area with a razor or knife and then reapply vinegar or alcohol
  • Keeps arms, hands, and feet still to keep the venom from spreading
  • Apply hydrocortisone cream 2-3 times a day for itching.
  • If you’re stung in the eye, flush it with 1 gallon of fresh water
  • If stung in the mouth, flush with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water
  • Give CPR and call 911 if the person isn’t breathing

SOURCE:

Jellyfish Sting from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2018

SOURCE:

Jellyfish Sting from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 15, 2018

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