The following tips can help you avoid jellyfish stings:
Aug. 09, 2014
- 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.
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