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Jellyfish Stings How To Treat and How To Recognise

Jellyfish Stings First Aid: 

Firstly you need to figure out if it is tropical (e.g. Box Jelly, Irukandji)  or non-tropical (e.g. Bluebottle, Stingers...)

What type of Jellyfish Stung Me: 

Tropical Symptoms (e.g. Box Jelly, Irukandji)  

- Pain at site (sometimes extreme)
- Respiratory and cardiac arrest in minutes
- Severe pain (back and abdomen)
- Nausea, Vomiting, Sweating
- Feeling of impending doom (no joke…)

These are way gnarlier jellyfish stings!!! Most tropical jellyfish are found in the north of Australia, they get roughly as far south as Gladstone in Queensland and Exmouth in Western Australia.


jellyfish stings first aid

Non Tropical Signs & symptoms (e.g. Bluebottle, Stingers)
- Immediate pain ranging from mild irritation to intense, sharp or burning pain
- Whip like marks, raised welts and redness on the skin
- Muscle aches and cramps
- Nausea, Vomiting


Tropical Jellyfish Stings First Aid:

  1. Follow DRSABCD 
  2. Remove casualty from water. 
  3. Urgent medical aid. Call Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance. 
  4. Calm casualty. 
  5. Flood stung area with vinegar for at least thirty (30) seconds. 
  6. If vinegar unavailable, flick tentacles off using a stick or gloved fingers and rinse with seawater. + DO NOT use freshwater, this will cause further stinging cell discharge. 
  7. Apply a cold pack. 
  8. Rest and reassure, monitor vital signs and consciousness until medical aid arrives. 
  9. Give CPR if necessary


Non Tropical Jellyfish Stings First Aid:

  1. Follow DRSABCD 
  2. Rest and reassure the casualty. 
  3. Prevent the casualty from rubbing stung area. 
  4. Monitor the casualty constantly. 
  5. Douse affected area with seawater, DO NOT use freshwater. 
  6. Pick off any remaining tentacles with fingers taking care not to get stung yourself. 
  7. If possible place the stung area in hot water (no hotter than the first aider can tolerate). 
  8. Seek Medical aid if required.


Cheers and Stay Safe

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