4 Ways to Overcome Jellyfish Stings


The existence of jellyfish is easily found on the southern coast of Java this week. You have to be careful and if you get stung, here’s how to deal with it.

Usually, jellyfish often appear on the beach in mid-June and disappear again in September. They appear on the surface due to the influence of cold weather and are then carried by waves to the beach.

The phenomenon of the emergence of jellyfish is usually accompanied by complaints of tourists who get stung.

“The jellyfish stings when held and feels like it has been stung by a scorpion,” Marjono, the SAR Coordinator for Satlinmas Region II, Gunungkidul Regency, told Central Java, last Monday (11/7).

There are several symptoms that usually appear from a jellyfish sting, ranging from itching to shortness of breath.

Tourists who were stung by jellyfish at Parangtritis Beach, Sunday (23/5).Tourists who are stung by jellyfish on Parangtritis Beach (Photo: Doc. SAR Satlinmas Region III Parangtritis)

Therefore, Marjono asked if you see a jellyfish that is blue and bubbling on the beach so you don’t touch it.

Here are 4 ways to deal with jellyfish stings:

1. Clean the Stings

Marjono suggested that people who were stung did not need to panic. The first thing to do is to clean the body affected by the sting.

Sometimes, jellyfish tentacles are still left and attached to the skin that was stung. These tentacles need to be cleaned to minimize the impact of the sting.

2. Wash with warm water

After making sure the body is clean of jellyfish tentacles, it is recommended to rinse it with warm water. This will reduce any aches or pains caused by the jellyfish sting.

On the beach, especially those visited by many tourists, warm water can be obtained easily at the stalls in the beach tourist attraction.

3. Apply Vinegar

One way to prevent allergies due to jellyfish stings is to rub them with vinegar.

While at the beach, vinegar can be obtained easily at existing food stalls, such as meatball stalls. Usually the security post on the beach has also provided vinegar for first aid to tourists who are stung by jellyfish.

4. Ask for Medical Help

Sometimes, a fairly severe allergic reaction will still appear even though we have cleaned the sting marks, washed with warm water to smear it with vinegar.

When these conditions occur there is no other way but to ask for medical help through the security guards on duty at the beach.

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