Heading For Volusia County Coast? What To Do With Jellyfish Stings?
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Yes, these beautiful creatures, otherwise known as jellyfish, do sting.
The Volusia County of Florida has been reporting troubles with these jellyfish along the Volusia County coast. Over the weekend, lifeguards has reported 469 people being treated for jellyfish stings. During the past 15 days, lifeguards estimated that nearly 3,900 people have been stung while wading in the water. A strong current is needed to take these jellyfish back out to the sea, according to beach safety officials. Jellyfish stings can be painful. The common treatment for jellyfish sting is rinsing the area with vinegar for at least 30 seconds. Then remove the tentacles from the wound using a pair of tweezers and soak the area with hot water (104 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 20 minutes). After the soaking and drying the area, a mild hydrocortisone cream would help to bring temporary relief to the area if it starts to get itchy. So, if you or any one is stung at the beach, be sure to exit the water and flag down a lifeguard truck or go to a staffed tower, so the lifeguard can help you to rinse the area with vinegar first.
According to WebMD (WebMD.com), in italics, below:
Right after sting
First, get out of the water. The only thing that could make a jellyfish sting hurt more is suffering another one. Eliminate that risk by staying clear of the jelly-like creatures.
Next, try to stop the stinging by rinsing the area that was stung with vinegar for at least 30 seconds, WebMD recommends. Experts also encourage trying to remove the tentacles from the wound using a pair of tweezers.
Once you remove the tentacles, soak the area that was stung in hot water, specifically ranging in temperature from 104 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, for at least 20 minutes, the site recommended. If you’d rather take a hot shower instead, experts say that serves as an alternative to soaking the area, as long as you stay in the shower for 20 to 45 minutes.
The website mentions that these treatment recommendations are based on research done in the Indo-Pacific areas and isn’t guaranteed to work for all stings.
After initial treatment
Stings can make you itchy and uncomfortable for a while after the initial sting goes away. WebMD recommends sting victims use a mild hydrocortisone cream or oral antihistamine to bring temporary relief.
Ice packs and over-the-counter pain relievers or antihistamines can be used to treat the welts that come after a sting.
Experts also recommend cleaning open sores three times per day and applying antibiotic ointment. If necessary, use bandages to cover the wound.
The tips above should bring relief after a sting, but there are scenarios where swimmers or other sting victims should seek more intense treatment.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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