Possible complications of a jellyfish sting include:
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- Delayed hypersensitivity reaction, causing blisters, rash or other skin irritations a week or more after the sting
- Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), rarely
- Infection, rarely
- Scarring or skin discoloration, rarely
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