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How to treat a jellyfish sting

Sometimes beaches that are popular swimming spots get invaded by jellyfish in the summer. The stings can be quite painful.  To deal with jellyfish stings:

  1. Remove any remaining tentacles using a tea-towel or gloves (take care, you can still get stung by these).
  2. Wash with salt water.
  3. Use hot and cold compresses alternately by putting with ice cubes in a plastic bag (or a bag of frozen peas) for the cold and a wet hand towel or wash cloth warmed in the microwave for up to 2 minutes for the hot (take care when removing it from the microwave as it can become very hot)
  4. Apply papaya cream or baking soda.
  5. If symptoms persist contact, your doctor.

You can use this treatment for your dog as well if necessary.

An alternate to the hot compress is a wheat bag that you can make (try this method ) or buy (http://www.wheatbags.co.nz/Cotton-Wheatbags or http://www.wheatbags-by-silver-pear.co.nz/two-pocket-wheat-bag.html)