Treatments and drugsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Most jellyfish stings can be treated by rinsing the area with salt water, applying vinegar or a baking soda paste, and taking a pain reliever.
Someone having a severe reaction to a jellyfish sting needs emergency care that may include:
- Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Life support to stabilize breathing, heart rate and blood pressure
- Antivenin medication, if the sting is from a box jellyfish
- Pain medicine
Other medical treatments
Other circumstances also may require doctor-supervised treatment:
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- A rash or other skin reaction due to delayed hypersensitivity may be treated with oral antihistamines or corticosteroids.
- A jellyfish sting occurring on or near an eye requires immediate medical care for pain control and a good eye flushing. You will likely be seen by a doctor specializing in eye care (ophthalmologist).
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