Jellyfish Stings: What to do & what not to do!

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Imagine it’s the weekend you have been waiting for, to catch some waves and go surfing. The start of your day all goes well when you come in contact with some jellyfish. A sharp and burning sensation goes through your body and you’re back at the shore.

Jelly-like sea creatures come in an immensely diverse range of forms. Animals that are typically called jellyfish belong to the phylum Cnidaria, which includes over 10,000 species.

However, some jelly-like animals, like the comb jelly, belong to the phylum Ctenophora. This taxonomic difficulty has lead marine biologists to ask if there’s even such a thing as a jellyfish.


Things to know

Most often stings result in immediate pain and red, irritated marks on the skin. Some stings may cause more whole-body illness. And in rare cases stings are life-threatening.

“Jellyfish don’t have brains”


Common signs and symptoms of jellyfish stings include:

  • Burning, prickling, stinging pain
  • Red, brown or purplish tracks on the skin
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Numbness

Severe stings can affect multiple body systems. These reactions may appear rapidly or several hours after the stings. Signs and symptoms of severe jellyfish stings include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Muscle and joint problems
  • Weakness and dizziness
  • Fever
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart Problems

Consult a doctor if you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms.


ECR Kovalam ChennaiTreatment


Most stings can be treated by rinsing the area with saltwater, applying vinegar or a baking soda paste, and taking a pain killer.

Also remember never to use a technique out of a 90’s television show.




Species found in Kovalam

Sea Nettles (Chrysaora quinquecirrha)Jellyfish


 Blooms are seasonal, so this shouldn’t stop you from learning how to swim in the ocean or go surfing for that matter.

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