Jellyfish Stings

What is a jellyfish sting?

Jellyfish are free-swimming, non-aggressive marine animals that are surrounded by tentacles covered with sacs that are filled with poison (venom) that can cause a painful sting. Jellyfish stings are a relatively common problem for people swimming, wading or diving in to sea waters and occur when the individual makes contact with the jellyfish, causing the jellyfish's long tentacles to discharge thousands of microscopic barbed stingers that release venom into your skin. The severity of jellyfish stings can vary greatly.

What are the symptoms of jellyfish stings?

Common symptoms of a jellyfish sting include an intense, stinging pain, itching, rash and raised welts. After effects of a jellyfish sting may also include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lymph node swelling, abdominal pain, numbness/tingling, and muscle spasms. Some jellyfish stings may cause more whole-body (systemic) illness, and in rare cases, jellyfish stings are life-threatening.

What is the treatment for jellyfish stings?

It is important to have a healthcare provider evaluate the severity of your jellyfish sting. Visit Healthcare Clinic for a complete evaluation of your sting to determine the course of treatment right for you to relieve your symptoms.

This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.

Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Healthcare Clinic nearest you.

If you believe you have a medical emergency,  please call 911.

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