The following tips can help you avoid jellyfish stings:

  • Wear a protective suit. When swimming or diving in areas where jellyfish stings are possible, wear a wet suit or other protective clothing. Diving stores sell protective "skin suits" or "stinger suits" made of thin, high-tech fabric.
  • Get information about conditions. Talk to lifeguards, local residents or officials with a local health department before swimming or diving in coastal waters, especially in areas where jellyfish are common.
  • Avoid water during jellyfish season. Stay out of the water when jellyfish numbers are high.
  • Be careful where you dive. To avoid stings on the face, don't dive into waters that may have jellyfish.
  • Use protective lotions. Some clinical evidence shows that lotions such as Safe Sea may result in fewer stings after exposure to jellyfish tentacles.
  • Leave the water calmly. If you're stung, get out of the water without splashing much. This helps prevent more stingers from releasing venom.
Sept. 15, 2015