Float Like A Beach Ball, Sting Like A…… Jellyfish

There is nothing better than the Carolina sunshine warming your skin while you’re at the beach. You’re ready to make memories playing in the saltwater and building sand castles with the family.  The last thing on your mind is everything that could go wrong, rip currents, jellyfish stings and third degree burns are all things that you need to be prepared for before hitting the sand.

 

Jellyfish :

 

 

Imagine it’s a hot summer day and the sparkling ocean water is calling your name. You’re out enjoying a swim when out of nowhere you feel this burning sensation, you’ve been stung by a jellyfish. Over the years you may have heard numerous ways to treat a jellyfish sting, some say shaving cream and others say “have a friend urinate on it” (Don’t do that, that’s gross!).  So what are you supposed to do if you get stung by a Jellyfish?  Follow these steps and you’ll be back in the water in no time!

 

  • First apply vinegar to the sting.  The vinegar deactivates the venomous nematocysts that jellyfish release.
  • Check for any lingering tentacles, if you see any remove them with tweezers. DO NOT use your fingers as the tentacles can still sting you.
  •  Treat any discomfort with a mild hydro-cortisone cream.

 

What to learn more? Check out our other Beach Safety tips below!

Burnt Crisp- Sunburn

 

Rip Currents: What to do