JellyFish Stings

jelly fish stings

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 stingsJellyfish 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
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • 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.

More about jellyfish in Maryland waters:

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/fieldguide/critter/jellyfish

https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/csdl/seanettle.html

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