Jelly Fish Stings and other
Marine Life First Aid

Apart from Jelly fish stings there are a whole host of other sea creatures you can get stung by. Stings from marine life hurt but usually aren't deadly, there are a few exceptions.


jelly fish sting first aid

Here is a list of a variety of marine life that can cause bites or stings:

  • Barracudas
  • Catfish
  • Coral
  • Cone shell
  • Electric eels
  • Hydroid
  • Jellyfish
  • Moray eels
  • Portugal Man-of-War
  • Sea urchins
  • Sea anemone
  • Sharks
  • Stingray

Symptoms:

Localised Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Cuts and bleeding

Generalised Symptoms

  • Armpit or groin pain
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Dizziness, weakness, fainting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Paralysis

First Aid Treatment

  • Keep the patient quiet and still
  • Remove the stingers. If possible wear gloves so you will not get stung as well
  • Use a towel to wipe off tentacles and stingers
  • Wash the area with salt water
  • If instructed by a health professional soak the wound in hot water. As hot as the patient can tolerate for 30-90 minutes
  • You may be instructed to neutralise certain types of stings with vinegar or a meat tenderiser mixed in a water solution
  • DO NOT attempt to remove the stingers without protecting your hands
  • DO NOT raise the affected body part higher then the heart
  • DO NOT allow the patient to exercise
  • DO NOT give any medication unless instructed to do so by a doctor what about pain relief

Seek immediate medical help if....

  • the patient has any of the above 'generalizsed symptoms'
  • there is uncontrollable bleeding. If medical help is not at hand go to First Aid for Uncontrolled Bleeding
  • there is any difficulty breathing. Start CPR if breathing ceases
  • the sting occurred on the face, chest or genitals


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Box Jelly Fish photo courtesy of Wikipedia





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