How to deal with jellyfish stings
Jellyfish hacks! Good to know, because my kids always want to poke and prod the jellyfish that we find washed up on the beach. From Kimberly:
We live on the Gulf Coast and just got back from a beach trip -- and it's jellyfish season. Thankfully our 18 month-old didn't get stung, but I did.
Here's what to do for jellyfish stings:
- Wash with seawater. Fresh water reactivates the stinging.
- If the stingers are still there, remove them, preferably with gloves on so that your hands don't get stung as well.
- Pour either white vinegar or meat tenderizer on the sting to stop the pain.
- Apply topical cortisone to stop the itching later. Done.
We know all of this and STILL forgot to bring the vinegar, meat tenderizer and cortisone. It's probably something that should be in the beach bag just in case because nobody really knows when the jellyfish are going to be washing up at X,Y, or Z beach, and they don't really advertise it when they DO know.