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How to treat jellyfish bites

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In July, the bathing season begins and officially opens. With the arrival of summer and holidays, many people choose the sea to fight the effects of heat. You need to be alert but of the possible risks that must be taken into account when bathing, such as jellyfish bites.

A great way to spend the summer season is enjoying a good bath. During the hot months, mainly July and August, people move to places where there is water to cool off. We can distinguish pools, rivers and lakes in the mountains, or beaches close to the sea. Whatever your choice, you must be prepared for any unforeseen risk that may arise to avoid diminishing our health.

Water, on the one hand, helps us to rehydrate our skin after losing the mineral salts that with the sun we lose by sweating. On the other hand, it reduces the harmful effects we suffer due to heat. Like for example, an excessive temperature, burns or dizziness. Protecting ourselves in the shade or enjoying a good bath will make us feel better and will help us be more receptive during the day.

The beach and the sea tend to be the holiday destination par excellence, but not everyone takes the necessary precautions when bathing. One of them is to avoid contact with marine creatures, since they can be perceived as a threat and forced to defend themselves. Especially the jellyfish are quite common in summer and they can be found near the beach when the water is too hot. Below we give you five tips to treat your stinging bites:

  1. Once the jellyfish sting occurs, the wound should be cleaned with seawater. Under no circumstances should it be rubbed, since it will spread its stinging fluid.
  2. A good mixture of sea water and bicarbonate can help stop the infection caused by the tentacles.
  3. If there are remains of the jellyfish attached to the skin, you must remove them with caution and using tweezers and gloves to avoid stinging bites.
  4. Apply ice cubes wrapped with clothes on the wound to calm the burning. This action must be repeated for each period of five to fifteen minutes depending on the pain.
  5. If the suffering is too high, it is advisable to visit a doctor for the most appropriate treatment.
  6. In the event of an allergy, shock or respiratory difficulties, it is important to go quickly to the emergency medical service to alleviate the effects.
  7. In any case, none of the following measures should ever be applied, as they could aggravate the effects of the bite:
    1. Fresh water
    2. Vinegar
    3. Make pressure bandages
    4. Ammonia
    5. Alcohol

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