Jellyfish are quite common and there most of them carry poisonous venom in their tentacles that helps them defense against predators. We may not be predators, but they will sting us if we come into contact with their tentacles. Then, millions of nematocysts pierce our skin and inject venom. The venom itself is what makes the sting so painful.
1. Calmly Get Out of the Water
Once you found out you’re stung, get our of the water calmly to avoid being stung again. Don’t touch or scratch the sting-side with your hands, Simply wash the stinging tissue or clinging tentacles with sea water.
2. Rinse with vinegar
White vinegar with deactivate the toxins and reduce the pain. If there are any visible tentacles, pluck them out with tweezers.
3. How Water Immersion
The high temperature will decrease the burning sensation and deactivate the venom. Simply heat a few cups of water to 45° C and add some salt. Soak the affected area for 10 minutes.
4. Apply a cold compress
Wrap several ice cubes in a cloth, put it on the affected area and let it stay for 10 minutes.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda will lessen the itching and the risk of infection and reduce the effects of the venom.
Form a paste by adding 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of sea water. Apply the paste on the affected area and let it sit for 5 minutes.
6. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera Gel will prevent the itchy sensation.
After you extract the gel from a fresh leaf, apply it on the affected area and let it stay for a few hours. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Oatmeal will provide instant relief from itching and it will reduce inflammation.
Add 2 cups of colloidal oatmeal to a bathtub and soak in it for at least half an hour.
Chamomile also relieves itching, reduces inflammation and soothes the skin.
After you make 2 cups of chamomile tea, put them in a freezer for an hour. After an hour has passed, take the tea out of the fridge, soak a cloth in it an place it on the affected area. Let it sit for several minutes.
9. Witch hazel
Add a few drops of witch hazel in a cup of water. take a cotton ball, soak it in the cup and dab on the affected area.
10. Wear protective clothes
Protective clothing can prevent jellyfish stings as they only pose a threat to bare skin.