Jellyfishes are one of the most adorable creatures in the sea. They swim underwater like a gliding angel with their long and transparent bodies. Aside from being endearing, jellyfishes also look very harmless. – If this is how we think of jellyfishes, then we are lucky we are not swimming with them in the sea right now or else we can already consider ourselves dead!
Jellyfishes are probably one of the most vicious and dangerous creatures, not just underwater, but all across the globe. They are even as perilous as some of the world’s most poisonous snakes. Jellyfishes have already swum the seas of the earth for thousands of years. As of now, there are already thousands of different species of jellyfishes. Some are not that dangerous, but there are also some that can kill us in a matter of seconds. Most jellyfishes are very hard to spot. This is because of their pale and transparent appearance. Because of this, we sometimes cannot avoid getting stung by a jellyfish. Some of their stingers are deadly while other can only cause days of rashes and blisters. So in case this happens, how can we treat jellyfish rash?
If ever we are swimming in the ocean and a jellyfish has just stung us, the first thing that we must do is to immediately get out of the water and stay in a place where it is safe. Usually, jellyfish stings are very painful, which can also make it difficult for us to get out of the water. If this is a case, we should immediately cry for help in order for people to aid us in the situation. In case there are already signs of an allergic reaction, such as difficulty in breathing, swelling of the body, particularly the face, or even vomiting, the medical team must be alerted as soon as possible.
If ever vinegar is available on site, this must be applied on the stung area immediately. The vinegar solution actually helps in the deactivation of the stinging cells. Aside from vinegar, saltwater from the ocean could also be used. If there are any visible stingers, we can always use tweezers to pull them out. We can even use shavers or razors in order to pull out the remaining tentacles. If ever there are no razors available, credit cards to be use to swipe the stingers out of the skin.
With regards to jellyfish rash, they usually appear days or weeks after the incident. Some call this rash as Seabather’s eruption; however, this is not a serious medical condition. Some cases even produce rashes after only a month, which is considered a delayed reaction. Along with the rashes, blisters, joint stiffness, fever and weakness may also be encountered. However, home treatment is already enough to cure these symptoms. It is, nevertheless, very important to keep the wounds clean by washing it three times a day and applying antiseptic ointment after. The healing process would usually take weeks depending on the extent of the condition. It is also to be expected for some scars to form as soon as the wound is completely healed.