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What to do if you come into contact with a jellyfish?

Summer by the sea: what to do if you come into contact with a jellyfish?

Pain, redness, itching and swelling are the classic symptoms of jellyfish "sting".

In reality, jellyfish do not sting but the annoying skin reaction of inflammatory nature is due to accidental contact with its tentacles that release stinging substances.

In the Mediterranean Sea the "sting" of jellyfish is usually harmless, compared to tropical seas, and the resulting discomfort can be treated with simple remedies.

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What to do if you come into contact with a jellyfish?
Here are some simple tricks that can be useful.
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Move away calmly and get out of the water trying not to swim impetuously.
Rinse the affected part with sea water so as to dilute the toxins released by the tentacles. Instead, avoid fresh water.
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Clean the skin from residual filaments with extreme patience as they can still release poison
If you experience major symptoms, go to the emergency room immediately.
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Instead, what not to do?
Do not rely on grandmother's remedies such as using ammonia, urine, lemon, vinegar and alcohol that could further inflame the affected part.
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To soothe the itching it is advisable to use an astringent cream or gel based on aluminum chloride on clean and dry skin until the itching subsides.
Remember to be careful even when walking on the shore and for a few days not to expose the affected part to the sun as contact with sunlight could darken and leave a spot on the skin. It would be advisable to cover it with a sunscreen with protection 50.
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