5 Things NJ Beachgoers Need to Know if Stung by a Jellyfish
Lots of us get stung by jellyfish each year when we visit the beach. Most of the time, it's a minor irritant, and it heals pretty quick. Sometimes, the sting can lead to serious health issues that require immediate medical attention.
1. Sharp pain like a bee sting
2. Redness and swelling of the area stung.
More Serious Symptoms
6. Trouble Breathing
7. Heart Problems
8. Muscle Pain
10. Lymth Nodes Swelling
In most cases, you can treat yourself. Remove any tentacles that may still be on your skin. If you are stung, the jellyfish will inject venom using stingers that are called nematocysts into your skin. These must be removed.
Rinse the area with SALT WATER only. Fresh water may worsen the irritation. If you've seen the Jellyfish Episode of Friends, using urine, isn't advised as it too, can cause irritation.
Remove remaining stingers asap. It's best to wear gloves so they don't stick to your hand. You can use tweezers. Make sure you get them all.
You can help ease the pain with a mixture of baking soda, and salt water. Make a paste and spread on your irritated body part.
Sometimes the stings will have a delayed reaction and may not appear until hours later. If this happens, an antihistamine like Benadryl can help. Just remember that this over-the-counter drug will cause drowsiness.
When to Seek Medical Attention
Nausea, cramps and belly pain are symptoms that may indicate a more serious reaction. As are heart problems, and difficulty breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
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