How To Get Rid of Jellyfish Sting

By Subodh / March 29, 2011

The last thing that people want to do when they go to the beach is get stung by a jellyfish. The sting of this sea creature can be quite painful-way more painful than a bee sting even.

It can be very easy to get stung by a jellyfish when you are at the ocean. This can even happen while you are still on dry land, and if this has happened to you here is a brief lesson.

Identifying Symptoms

Of course, if you feel an intense pain shooting through your foot, leg, or anywhere else in the body after being in the water it most likely is a jellyfish sting. This pain is often accompanied by an itchy rash, raised welts, nausea, and vomiting.

Sometimes people who are stung with a jellyfish sting might also experience lymph node swelling, numbness, or muscle spasms. This situation should not be ignored, especially since in the worse-case scenario shortness in breath, coma, or death could occur.

Getting Rid of a Jellyfish Sting

A multitude of steps can be taken to help get rid of the jellyfish sting. These actions are described below mostly to instruct you so you really can clean the area good.

  1. First you should remove any leftover tentacles immediately. Of course, you should also remove the body of the jellyfish itself if you have not already. Use gloves and wear tweezers while doing so, and never let anyone else tough the stingers after they have been removed.
  2. Use vinegar to cleanse the area. Just a standard 5% acidity is all that is necessary. You might want to put the vinegar in a spray bottle for easy application if you have a clean bottle available. You can also dip a cloth in the vinegar solution and use the cloth to dab into the solution. Another alternative is to use either sea water or 70% isopropyl alcohol, or perhaps a commercial jellyfish sting.
  3. Use a razor or knife edge or other plastic-edged tool to scrape off the area. This will help further scrape and squeeze out any jellyfish venom. You can also use shaving cream or lotion to prevent a scratch.
  4. Dress it with a bandage, above and below the sting location. The pressure of the bandage will help slow down the spread of toxins. However, in doing so you should not stop circulation in the affected area.

More Tips

If you want to further relieve the pain you can try a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Just remember to follow the instructions for use that are provided on the pain reliever label if you need it.

More importantly, medical attention should be sought if the sting has affected the mouth, face, or genital areas. These areas or other sensitive locations such as the breasts may require special attention.

If you want to prevent from being stung in the future you can. All you need to do is wear a bodysuit, or at least wear swimming shoes. This will further help prevent stinging action.