Jellyfish stings are both painful and dangerous, though the severity varies from case to case. The tentacles of a jellyfish carry microscopic stingers which inject the bitten individual with venom, which is the root cause of all discomfort. Typical reactions to jellyfish stings are redness and skin irritation. In some cases, victims develop systemic (or full-body) illnesses. Rarely, jellyfish stings might be lethal. In most cases, the following home remedies are sufficient to provide relief from symptoms and intensive medical care is sought only in case of severe reaction.
1. Remove Stingers
The venomous nematocysts that get released into the skin with a jellyfish’s sting may remain embedded in the skin and are imperative to remove. To remove any remaining nematocysts, one should rinse the affected area using salt water (and not fresh water). A stiff card may be used to scrape off stingers from the surface skin. Usage of gloves is recommended in doing as much or the stingers may stick to the hands. Anything that comes in contact with the affected skin needs be disposed.