As our beaches get more populated with people looking to relax in the water and escape the scorching heat, the sea might not be the safe haven they had hoped for. A sharp sting and a subsequent panicked cry can lead to a scene of people scrambling to shore that can only be compared to a horror movie scene.
However, in this case, the miscreant or monster is a jelly fish. The free-floating creature that inhabits many of our beaches can lead to uncomfortable and sometimes painful stings.
Here are a couple things you should know if you get stung by one of these ‘monsters’ …
First thing to do is to remove the small stinging cells that have anchored themselves to your skin. Make use of something hard, tweezers or gloves and scrape them off before treating the area.
Next remove any remaining cells with a credit card or something with a sharp edge. Pat the area dry and apply a hydrocortisone cream to reduce itching and swelling.
In severe cases, seek medical advice.