• 15 AUG 18
    What to do about jellyfish stings

    What to do about jellyfish stings

    During the summer, sometimes while we are on the beach we can find jellyfish, which are usually dragged by the east wind to the coast.

    The sting of the jellyfish, in most cases, produces pain, itching, inflammation and redness, although in some rare and specific cases it could even cause death.

    How to prevent jellyfish stings

    Of course, it is always best to avoid receiving a sting if possible. In case we see that there are jellyfish in the water, we should not bathe. Also, we should never touch a jellyfish even when it is dead, because even then they are still stinging.

    What to do in case of receiving a jellyfish sting?

    In case there is a rescue post on the beach, the first thing we should do is go to that post to ask for help. If for any reason on the beach where we are there is no rescue post, the steps to be followed as first aid are the following:

    • If there are traces of the jellyfish or its tentacles stuck to our skin, we must remove them using tweezers, we should never remove them with our hands, or these would also be affected.
    • Immediately wash the affected area with seawater, or with saline. Never wash with fresh water, as this would cause the toxins in the jellyfish to spread further.
    • Once free of jellyfish remains and well washed the area, apply cold for about 10-15 minutes to lower the inflammation using an ice pack, but wrapped in a cloth, towel or similar, not directly on the skin.
    • To relieve pain and the stinging effect, you can use an analgesic and an antihistamine, but in the case of someone who is allergic or a pregnant, you have to be careful with the antihistamine, it is best to consult a doctor before use it.

    In any case, if after these first aid the pain is still intense and the symptoms do not diminish, it is necessary to go as soon as possible to a medical or hospital center.

    If you are on the Costa del Sol and at some point you need medical attention due to the sting of a jellyfish or any other medical emergency, remember that at Vithas Xanit International Hospital located in Benalmadena we have an emergency service available 24 hours a day.


Radua-Kamal-Salah
Dr. Radua Kamal Salah
Ophthalmologist

Thank you for the kindness, good humour that you have shown as well as the wonderful food. This certainly helps to make a sick person feel better and have a speedy recovery.
John.

 

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