Last weekend the Town posted warnings of sea lice, which are microscopic jellyfish larvae that can cause a painful and itchy rash, especially when trapped inside a swimsuit.
This weekend, the Town issued a jellyfish warning:
1. Get the person out of the water
2. Stop the Stinging:
• Wash the area with seawater to deactivate stinging cells. Or you can remove tentacles by scraping with a credit card or other plastic object. (DO NOT USE FRESH WATER)
3. Decontaminate and Remove Tentacles
For jellyfish stings, the American Heart Association recommends:
• Rinse the area with vinegar for at least 30 seconds.If vinegar is not available a solution of baking soda can be used. This will help deactivate the stinging cells.
• Next, soak the area in hot water for at least 20 minutes if possible. Cold packs can be used instead if the area can’t be soaked in hot water.
4. Treat Discomfort
• Use mild hydrocortisone cream or oral antihistamine to help relieve itching and swelling.
5. Follow up
For less severe sting:
• Use ice packs or over-the-counter pain relievers for welts
• Clean open sores 3 times a day and apply antibiotic ointment. Bandage if needed.
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