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How to treat a box jellyfish sting for you or your child

The sting from a box jellyfish can be dangerous and cause excruciating pain.
The sting from a box jellyfish can be dangerous and cause excruciating pain.
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  • Jen 6 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I'm going to add a small container of vinegar to our beach pack.
    Love reading your articles.

  • Alexis 6 years ago

    Very good info. My boys are terrified of jellyfish....we will be packing vinegar from now one. Thanks for the story.

  • Ron 6 years ago

    Product on the market for jellyfish stings called StingMate...proven effective...5% acetic acid (vinegar on steroids ;-) ) Safe, convenient and effective..available at retailers or on line at works!!

  • Leah 2 years ago

    I realise this is an old article, but in case someone is looking up how to treat a box jellyfish sting (like I was) I need to say - "Few box jellyfish cause life-threatening reactions" is a very dangerous statement. While statistically that's probably true, it gives a misleading impression as to the danger of box jellyfish. Instead of saying "if the victim has X symptoms, call 911" I would say do NOT wait to see what symptoms they have before calling 911. I grew up in northern Australia where box jellyfish are a yearly event. Our beaches are closed to swimming from November - May every year (we have special stinger nets put out for people to swim in). Many city councils keep their beaches stocked with vinegar, because box jellyfish are *dangerous*. If a big enough area is stung, you will die without medical attention. You do not need to have an allergy. This is *especially* true for children. If you are only brushed by one or two tentacles then yes you probably won't need medical attention. But this is not normally how it happens. Normally you walk through their tentacles or they swim past you, and you get a large number of tentacles across your legs, or if you're swimming, across your arms and chest. You will need medical attention, even if only for the extreme pain. Much better to be safe than sorry. Calling emergency should be the first thing you do after administering vinegar.

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