What better way to spend a hot summer day than on the beach frolicking in the sand? Playing in the ocean way can be invigorating and . . . sometimes . . . painful if you encounter a jellyfish.
Jellyfish stings are painful. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Common signs and symptoms of jellyfish stings include:
- Burning, prickling, stinging pain
- Red, brown or purplish tracks on the skin — a “print” of the tentacles’ contact with your skin
- Tingling and numbness
- Throbbing pain that radiates up a leg or an arm”
It is highly recommended that you seek medical treatment if:
- Stings cover large areas of skin
- You have severe symptoms or a serious allergic reaction
As always, if you are in doubt, seek medical attention immediately. Most jellyfish stings can be treated by rinsing the area with salt water, applying vinegar or a baking soda paste, and taking a pain reliever. (From http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/jellyfish-stings/basics/treatment/con-20034045).
Summer is about fun! Check your waters before you travel to see if jellyfish might be in your summer beach fun forecast.
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