It is a known fact that a jellyfish naturally possess sprawling tentacles that is comprised of thousands of small-sized, prickly stingers that are utilized to immobilize their prey. Even though jellyfish are not aggressive towards humans, an individual can sustain a jellyfish sting if he/she brushes against the tentacles while swimming in the water. The pain from a jellyfish sting can be severe. Nevertheless, it is good to note that jellyfish stings can be treated with home remedies and typically heal within a few weeks.
When treating a jellyfish sting, you can utilize plain white distilled vinegar. You might already have one in your kitchen and can be easily purchased in grocery stores or pharmacies. Take note that vinegar is highly effective in deactivating any stingers that might have penetrated the skin. All you have to do is to pour the vinegar over the affected area. In case you are on the beach with a lifeguard present, he/she might have a spray bottle that contains vinegar that can be readily used on those who are stung by a jellyfish.
If an individual has been stung by a jellyfish, you have to calm him/her. You have to gently pour seawater over the area that was stung in order to rinse away any remaining tentacles. Do not use freshwater since this will only intensify the pain and avoid rubbing the area that was stung because this can lead to additional stinging on the affected area.
Natural paste made out of baking soda
You can also create a paste made out of baking soda and seawater and applying this on a jellyfish sting. Once the paste is applied, allow it to dry on the skin and then scrape it away in a gentle manner using the edge of a credit card or seashell in order to eliminate any remaining stingers.
If there is no lifeguard nearby and there is no store where you can purchase vinegar or baking soda, the solution is to try soaking the affected area in hot water. In case this is the method used, the water must be as hot as the individual can withstand without causing a burn on the skin so that it will be effective. You have to heat the water in a gradual manner to prevent scalding the affected area.
A word of caution
Always remember that the venom from some species of jellyfish can be toxic to humans and require immediate emergency care. If the individual experiences tightening of the throat, shortness of breath or feeling weak and dizzy after a jellyfish sting, you have to bring him/her to the emergency department at the nearest hospital so that proper evaluation on the vital functions can be carried out as well as perform the appropriate care.