Treating A Jellyfish Sting

June 18, 2018

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Besides mosquitoes, love bugs and gators, more than 1,200 people were stung by moon jellyfish in Volusia County last week including over 100 last Saturday alone!  Thanks to winds and ocean currents, a higher than normal number of ocean swimmers were stung by these floating invertebrate. Beach officials warn swimmers to pay attention to posted warnings about the water, which include a purple flag, which means dangerous marine life in present.  None of that matters if you've been stung.  According to the University of Florida, you should seek out immediate medical attention. If you are stung by a  jellyfish, you should rinse the sting thoroughly with vinegar or ocean water for 30 seconds, protect the infected area, avoid rubbing or putting pressure on the sting, soak it in hot tap water (about 107 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 to 40 minutes, and apply an antihistamine or steroid cream. As for the swarm of moon jellyfish, they eventually will move out of the area.

SOURCE: Travel + Leisure

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