Heading to the beach this summer? If so, it’s important to know what to do if you are stung by a jellyfish. When a jellyfish stings you, it’s actually implanting something into your skin. These stingers, called nematocysts, are covered in spines that attach to your skin and release a chemical toxin. Depending on the type of jellyfish that stings you, you may have thousands of nematocysts embedded in your skin—and not all of them may fire right away.
Most jellyfish stings are harmless, but undeniably painful. That being said, there are a few types of jellyfish whose venom can cause severe injury or even death. The two most dangerous types of jellyfish are the box and the Irukandji jellyfish, both of which are only found in the Pacific Ocean near Australia. If you suspect that you have been stung by one of these jellyfish, or if you are suffering a lot of pain and swelling from the sting, wrap the injured area in an ace bandage to slow the spread of venom, and call for emergency medical help immediately.
However, if you are stung by a more harmless jellyfish and the pain is uncomfortable but not terrible, go ahead and treat yourself using these home remedies.