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Jellyfish Stings (Overview)

Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Jellyfish sting while in sea is another common experience, many of us have gone through. The appearance of rashes due to jelly fish sting could vary from small to large hives like lesion depending on the size of contact and the extent of reactivity you have.


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What is the definition or description of: jellyfish stings?

What is the definition or description of: jellyfish stings?

Bite by jelly fish: Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Jellyfish sting while in sea is another common experience, many of us have gone through. The appearance of rashes due to jelly fish sting could vary from small to large hives like lesion depending on the size of contact and the extent of reactivity you have. ...Read more

Jellyfish Stings (Overview)

Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Jellyfish sting while in sea is another common experience, many of us have gone through. The appearance of rashes due to jelly fish sting could vary from small to large hives like lesion depending on the size of contact and the extent of reactivity you have.


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When a deadly jellyfish stings you, is it poison that kills you or unbearable pain that kills you?

Poison: Most poisionous known fo far are the box jelly fish. Major box jelly fish can casue death from cardiorepiratory arrest. They do cause intractable pain but usually the effects of the poision on the heart and circulatory systems is what kills people depending on the amount of envenomation.( injected venom by the jelly fish). ...Read more

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Treating Bee Stings (Checklist)

Apply a cold pack to the sting
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Take an antihistamine
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If you can't breathe, your throat is tight, you have hives, go to ER
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What do I do for jellyfish sting?

Hydrocortisone : Apply cool compresses (or ice packs) to the areas several times daily, followed by a thick layer of Hydrocortisone cream. If the itching continues, take an oral antihistamine (eg, benadryl). ...Read more

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When must I seek immediate help if I have marine animal bite or jellyfish sting?

When must I seek immediate help if I have marine animal bite or jellyfish sting?

Anaphylaxis: A severe allergic reaction as indicated by immediate swelling, respiratory distress, difficulty swallowing, hives, or excessive vomiting should prompt an immediate medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if a jellyfish sting could trigger an allergic reaction in the rest of the body?

Does anyone know if a jellyfish sting could trigger an allergic reaction in the rest of the body?

Allergy: Allergy reaction can be systemic [whole body reaction] with the law of "none or all", to any allergen, whether peanut, penicillin, milk, bee-sting, jelly fish.. ...Read more

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My daughter got stung by a jellyfish yesterday, how can I reduce the sting for her, thanks?

My daughter got stung by a jellyfish yesterday, how can I reduce the sting for her, thanks?

Remove tentacles: Check for any evidence of tentacles attached to the skin and if present remove with a plastic object like credit card. No rubbing as this may stimulate the stingers. Apply cool water for pain. Certain measures can be taken by a physician like Lidocaine baking soda or meattenderizers for the poision after evaluation depending on the need. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if one is allergic to bee stings will he be allergic to jellyfish or fire coral?

Could you tell me if one is allergic to bee stings will he be allergic to jellyfish or fire coral?

Not necessarily: Bee sting allergy is triggered by ige mediated allergy to specific proteins in the honey bee venom. Mellitin and phospholipase are some of these proteins. These are distinct from jelly fish and coral reactions. Many people will react to jelly fish and coral stings suggesting a toxic reaction as opposed to a true allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Stung by jellyfish on ribs several months ago. Since then i expeneriance numbness and tingling around sting area.. Normal?

Stung by jellyfish on ribs several months ago. Since then i expeneriance numbness and tingling around sting area.. Normal?

Neuro-toxic effect: Jellyfish have a potent neuro toxin that can cause nerve damage. You describe a region where the sensory nerves have been damaged. This should eventually recover to normal over time. Local application of nerve calming creams may help. ...Read more

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I was stung by jellyfish had a reaction which has returned. Along with head ache ear and arm pain on my left side only could the pain be from stings?

I was stung by jellyfish had a reaction which has returned. Along with head ache ear and arm pain on my left side only could the pain be from stings?

How long after?: Although most jellyfish sting pain is acute, there are some cases of delayed/recurring reactions days or weeks later. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc2380397/ sea-bather's eruption is an example, where the nematocysts (the stinging parts of the jellyfish) can remain in swimsuits and cause a reaction when the person puts his/her bathing suit back on. If longer time gap, another cause. ...Read more

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If i'm allergic to iodine and i get stung by a jellyfish, should I be concerned?

If i'm allergic to iodine and i get stung by a jellyfish, should I be concerned?

No: Most people with "iodine allergy" had reactions to xray contrast. This is not an actual allergy (i.e., immune reaction) to iodine, but a side effect of the chemicals in the contrast dye. Even though fish and sea life contain a relatively high amount of iodine, there is no risk for cross-reaction to the contrast material. But, you can become allergic to jellyfish themselves if stung often. ...Read more

Stings (Definition)

Stings can come from different sources. Insect stings such as a honey bee is one of the most familiar. Sting by fish in water is another common experience many of ...Read more