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Jellyfish Sting - Stinging Hydroids Coral Anemones


It is estimated that there are almost ten thousand different kinds of jellyfish.

Jellyfish tentacles contain small sacs of venom called nematocysts.

The poisons attack the victim's immune systems.

Scuba divers and swimmers are also susceptible to jellyfish stings, often causing itchiness, red welts or blotches, severe pain, and even death.

This group includes species that are potentially harmful to humans and are distributed throughout the world but mainly in tropical waters.

Jellyfish, Coral, Hydroids, - Sting Symptoms

First Aid Treatment for Stings

(Within the tropics)

(For all jellyfish stings)

Special Considerations for Coral Cuts

Coral cuts can cause serious secondary infections if early wound cleaning is not done. Thoroughly clean the wound using fresh water (not sea water) as soon as possible. Use an antiseptic lotion with a soft brush and remove all foreign material.

If an antibiotic is not available, apply a local antibiotic powder or ointment, or provide iodine paint or skin cleanser. Follow up medical care is recommended for all coral cuts.

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