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what happens if you get stung by a jelly fish sting?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Variable.: It you get a jellyfish sting it is likely to cause an intense throbbing, burning pain with possible tingling / numbness & discoloration on the skin where the tentacle was in contact. More severe reactions can include vomiting, headache, dizziness, difficulty moving muscles, problems breathing, loss of consciousness, erratic heart beat & even cardiac arrest.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What do I do for jellyfish sting?

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Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Rinse off and: .Rinse the tentacles off with hot water if possible or salt water not fresh. Fresh water may worsen the stinging pain. Take off any tentacles with a gloved hand, stick, shell or tweezers. Be careful not to get the tentacles on yourself or on clothing. It used to be thought urine or vinegar help but this is now controversial.Ice may help and take Ibuprofen or aspirin(if not allergic to them).
A 37-year-old member asked:

How do you care for an insect sting?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Many treatments: The most thing is to identify whether or not you might have life threatening allergy to insect stings--this type of allergy would be characterized by symptoms that occur away from the sight of the sting. Examples would include head-to-toe hives, shortness of breath, or throat discomfort. If the symptoms are local only, treat with ice and oral benadryl (diphenhydramine).
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A 36-year-old male asked:

How do you treat jelly fish stings?

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Dr. Raphael Peralta
Specializes in Family Medicine
Pain meds: If severe allergy, bring to er. Take tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin for pain.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I take care of an insect sting?

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Dr. Robert Breiner
Podiatry 34 years experience
Ice: There are many different remedies for an insect sting. I like to use an ice cube and rub the site down. For me this helps relieve the stinging pain. There are over the counter remedies that you can use if you have them with you when you get stung. It seems like i always have some ice around.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the actual way to get better after a jelly fish sting?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Various tx's: The tentacles should be removed promptly from your skin with a hard plastic object, such as a credit card. Don't immerse the affected limb in cool fresh water. Use seawater to wash off the tentacles. Vinegar can be used in life-threatening conditions (box jellyfish stings). Hot water immersion or 20-min hot shower has been reported to help with stings from physalia species in florida.

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