If there's one thing the moms in Volusia County know it's that there are times that the tide brings in lots of jellyfish. While you can get stung by jellyfish in the Daytona Beach area at anytime, sometimes there are currents that bring in large groups of them. At times there are hundreds of people stung in a single day. It stinks, but it happens. The important thing is knowing how to treat a jellyfish sting if you or your child is stung.
Here's how you treat a jellyfish sting in the Daytona Beach area:
- Get out of the water and get vinegar to pour over the sting. It's always a good idea to go to the beach with a small bottle of vinegar in your beach bag or vehicle. If you don't have any with you, go to a lifeguard station and they will give you some. However, they are not always open and they are quite spread out along the beach, so it's still better to take some with you. Do not rub the area. Just rinse the area with straight plain vinegar.
- If there are still jellyfish tentacles attached you will need to remove them with some tweezers. Often times there are no noticeable tentacles left behind, you just feel the sting.
That is often all you need to do to treat a jellyfish sting. The vinegar will take away the sting and all will be well. At this point, the Mayo Clinic advises that you can soak the area stung in hot water (hot, but not scalding) for 20-45 minutes. My son has been stung and all we needed to do was use the vinegar and he was fine.
Most people do not need to seek medical treatment by a doctor because of a jellyfish sting. However, there are some people who may have a severe reaction. If that is the case then immediately seek help from a doctor.