Quick Fix for Jellyfish Stings

Updated August 10th …

Our son’s girlfriend was stung by a Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish on Monday …

By the time I saw her, she was sitting on the floor and wimpering – her back was reddish with white welts and she was holding her heart as if she was having a panic attack.  Since she has an allergy to mosquito bites, I wisked her off to an emergency and had a nice wait.

Doctor’s recommendation?

If stung by a jellyfish, use VINEGAR to neutralize the area and do NOT go into a shower.  The fresh water will ACTIVATE the NEUROTOXINS, sending the toxins into the body where the tentacles were on the skin.

He put a cream on the area, covered with a gel bandage and off she went.  He said the worse thing was probably her fear of the event, which did trigger a slight panic attack.

So –

  • try to stay calm
  • don’t go into a shower or rinse with tap water
  • DO put vinegar over any area that might have been affected
  • if you do use ice, be sure it doesn’t melt onto the skin – use a ice pack over a cloth

Strange thing is … there are lots of us (including children) in the same waters much more often and we haven’t been stung, so you can’t allow this possibility ruin a great time.

About Margo

Margo Linder has over 24 years experience helping clients (http://betterhealth-fast.com) gain better health with her products. She is a busy mother of ten (19 - 39) and grandmother of seventeen, who enjoys reading, sewing painting and interior design. Margo writes as if passing on bits of information to her very large family of children, their spouses and grandchildren - and anyone else who might be listening. She will explore how small life changes (tweaks) will make a huge difference to enjoyment of life and general well-being. The World Health Organization defines health in terms of complete physical, social and mental/psychological well-being. So this is about the "whole" person. She emphasizes that she is not a health professional or scientist, but offers food-for-thought from life experience, her health business and their scientists, her own research and common sense.
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