Jellyfish stings are both painful and dangerous, though the severity varies from case to case. The tentacles of a jellyfish carry microscopic stingers that inject the bitten individual with venom. The venom stings, causing a great deal of discomfort and pain. Typical reactions to jellyfish stings are redness and skin irritation. In some cases, victims develop systemic, or full-body, illnesses. In rare cases, jellyfish stings may be lethal. In most cases, the following home remedies for jellyfish stings are sufficient to provide relief from symptoms. Seek intensive medical care if you experience a severe reaction to a jellyfish sting.
The venomous nematocysts that a jellyfish's sting releases into the skin may remain embedded there. It's vital to remove them as soon as possible. To remove nematocysts, rinse the affected area using salt water. Don't use fresh water for rinsing, as it can aggravate the skin further. Use a stiff card to scrape stingers off the surface skin. You can also pick them off the skin using tweezers. It's a good idea to wear gloves, since the stingers may stick to the hands. Dispose immediately of anything that comes in contact with the affected skin.
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