Summer is here and we are all craving for a nice dive in the ocean. Yes, summer is perfect with its sun, sand and fun, until a jellyfish sneaks up on you. Now, you are bathing in the ocean, and the next minute you get stung by a hungry jellyfish.
The worst part is that you will still feel the stung even after the jellyfish tentacles have been ripped off your skin … and anyone who experienced such sting knows how badly it feels.
Most of the times you don’t need to see a doctor for a jellyfish sting, because the treatment for jellyfish sting includes first-aid care or applying natural remedies to relieve symptoms and to remove any visible tentacles.
So, follow the next steps to get rid of that jellyfish sting
1. Apply Vinegar
Use salty water to rinse the stung very well. Important: don’t rinse with fresh water because it will irritate the area real bad.
- Rinse the affected area with vinegar for at least 30 seconds.
- Carefully pluck out visible tentacles with a fine tweezers. Do not touch the tentacles directly!
- Soak the skin in hot water that is between 110° and 113° F (43° to 45° C). Keep the affected skin immersed or in a hot shower for 20 to 45 minutes.
2. Hot Water Immersion
- After the initial treatment, a hot water immersion is highly recommended.
- The high temperature will help deactivate the venom and help decrease the burning sensation from the sting.
- Heat a few cups of water to between 110° and 113° F (43° to 45° C).
- Put some salt in the water and stir well.
- Soak the affected area in the salt water for 10 minutes at a time.
- Repeat as needed.
3. Apply a Cold Compress
- After the initial treatment is done, you can use a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling.
- The cold temperature has a numbing effect, which helps reduce the sensation of pain.
- Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth. Apply this compress on the affected area for 10 minutes.
- Take a break and repeat if needed to reduce pain.
- Soaking the affected area in cool water may also help. Repeat as needed.
4. Baking Soda
- Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 3 tablespoons of baking soda.
- Add 1 cup of sea water to the mixture to form a paste.
- Apply this paste on the affected area.
- Let it sit for 5 minutes, then rinse it off with sea water.
- Repeat twice per day to get the best results.
5. Aloe Vera Gel
- Extract the gel from a freshly rinsed aloe vera leaf.
- Apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Use this remedy 2 or 3 times daily.
- You can even freeze aloe vera gel in an ice cube tray and use the frozen cubes as a cold compress.
- Apply it on the site of the sting a few times a day.