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What to do if you are stung by a jellyfish

With the arrival of the month of August the dreaded jellyfish have once again made an appearance on the coastline. For this reason, professionals from the Vithas Xanit International Hospital offer some recommendations to follow in the event of suffering from sting of these invertebrates.

Contact with the tentacles of a jellyfish gives rise to a sting that, in most cases, causes pain, itching, inflammation and redness. “In the event that there are jellyfish in the water, the best thing we can do is not to bathe and, above all, not to touch them, even if they are dead,” explains Dr. Milagros Jaén, head of the Emergency Department at the Vithas Xanit International Hospital. .

In case of having suffered a sting, Dr. Antonio Conejo, coordinator of the Vithas Xanit International Hospital Pediatrics service, adds that it is important not to rub or scratch the affected area, wash with sea water (never with fresh water) or with physiological serum, remove the animal remains adhered to the skin with tweezers or a piece of hard plastic, never with the hands, and apply cold for 10-15 minutes to calm the pain. In the case of using ice, it should not be applied directly to the skin, it should be wrapped in a cloth or towel.

For her part, Dr. Jaén points out that “sometimes there can be a wound that can become infected in the following days, so it is important to clean it with antiseptic on a daily basis. If the injury is very extensive, is accompanied by general symptoms or there is a lot of inflammation and local involvement, it is recommended to go to the Emergency Department for evaluation.

To relieve the pain and the stinging effect, an analgesic and an antihistamine can be used, but in the case of an allergic person or a pregnant woman, professionals warn that care must be taken with the antihistamine and consult a professional before using it.

In any case, if after these first aids the symptoms do not diminish and the pain continues to be intense, it is necessary to go to a medical center or hospital as soon as possible.

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