What should you do if you are stung by a Portuguese man of war?

If you are stung, rinse the area with saltwater. Apply concentrated vinegar solution if available. This will inactivate the stingers and prevent the release of more toxin. Then with a gloved hand try to remove the tentacles.

What happens if you get stung by a man of war jellyfish?

The long tentacles trailing from the jellyfish body can inject you with venom from thousands of microscopic barbed stingers. Jellyfish stings vary greatly in severity. Most often they result in immediate pain and red, irritated marks on the skin. Some jellyfish stings may cause more whole-body (systemic) illness.

Does peeing on a jellyfish sting help?

A: No. Despite what you may have heard, the idea of peeing on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain is just a myth. Not only are there no studies to support this idea, but pee may even worsen the sting. Jellyfish tentacles have stinging cells called nematocysts that contain venom.

Do Man O’War stings leave scars?

Jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-war stings may cause blisters or small, shallow sores (ulcers). The skin at the site of the stings may look dusky or bluish purple. Healing may take many weeks. Permanent scars may occur at the site of a sting.

What does Portuguese Man O War sting feel like?

It felt like a ring of fire with a narrow red welt where it was wrapped around my arm. The burning sensation lasted for about 20 minutes and after that it just itched for a day. No scarring or other lasting injury.

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How bad does a jellyfish sting hurt?

While jellyfish stings are painful, most are not emergencies. Expect pain, red marks, itching, numbness, or tingling with a typical sting. But stings from some types of jellyfish — such as the box jellyfish (also called sea wasp) — are very dangerous, and can even be deadly.

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