What is a marine sting?

What is a marine sting?

Background. Marine stings are common but most are minor and do not require medical intervention. Severe and systemic marine envenom-ing is uncommon, but includes box jellyfish stings, Irukandji syndrome, major stingray trauma and blue-ringed octopus enven-oming.

What to do if you get stung in the ocean?

Rinse and soak the sting with hot water to reduce the burning sensation. Taking a hot shower right away, and keeping a stream of hot water on your skin for at least 20 minutes, may be helpful. The water should be around 110 to 113°F (43 to 45°C). Remember to remove tentacles first before doing this.

What happens when stung by jellyfish?

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. And in rare cases jellyfish stings are life-threatening.

Which marine animal can cause burns on people?

Stingrays can leave a large, jagged cut or puncture wound on your skin, and jellyfish and Portuguese men-of-war will often leave raised blisters on the skin in the shape of their own tentacles. All stings are painful and cause swelling, inflammation or raised areas of skin (welts) and nausea.

What are the symptoms of irukandji syndrome?

Irukandji syndrome is a distressing array of symptoms following a jellyfish sting. Generally, symptoms develop 20–60 min after the sting, and include back pain, nausea, abdominal cramps, sweating, hypertension, tachycardia and a feeling of impending doom. The sting usually leaves only mild local signs.

How do you treat marine animal bites?


  1. Flush the bitten area with water. Clean it with mild soap and water to prevent infection.
  2. Use a clean cloth to apply direct pressure to the wound to stop any bleeding.
  3. Do not remove teeth from a marine animal. This could further damage your muscles or tissues.

Do you pee on someone when they get stung by a jellyfish?

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.

What problems do jellyfish cause?

Although they seem insignificant, in large aggregations, jellyfish have damaged the economic success of power plants and fisheries. They consume larvae of commercial fish species and prevent the recovery of overfished populations.

Do see through jellyfish sting?

The moon jellyfish distinguishable by its four pink rings (above) is one of those generally thought to be harmless. The compass jellyfish below (brown lines radiating from the centre), has long tentacles and can give you a painful sting….Which jellyfish sting?


What is in jellyfish sting?

You’ve been stung by a jellyfish. Jellyfish have special cells along their tentacles called cnidocytes. Within these cells are harpoon-like structures full of venom, called nematocysts. The nematocysts shoot out when triggered by touch and can penetrate human skin in less time than it takes you to blink.

What does Irukandji jellyfish sting feel like?

The symptoms include excruciating pain, predominately lower back and abdominal, headache, nausea, vomiting and a feeling of impending doom. “The doom is hard to explain but they’re absolutely terrified and look like they’re terrified,” Dr Phillips said.

Which animal bite may pose a risk for rabies?

Terrestrial Carnivores: Raccoons, Skunks and Foxes Raccoons, skunks, and foxes are the terrestrial animals most often infected with rabies in the United States. All bites by such wildlife must be considered a possible exposure to the rabies virus.

What happens if you get stung by a jellyfish?

Serious exposure can result in breathing difficulties, shock and even death. Jellyfish – Stinging Tentacles. These creatures range in size from tiny to several feet in diameter, with tentacles hanging below. While most jellyfish do not sting, Florida has several species (including those pictured) that sting.

Can a sea urchin sting be life threatening?

Sea Urchin – Venomous Spines. While most sea urchins are not toxic, several in Florida contain venom in their spines, including the Long Spined Urchin and the Black Sea Urchin. While not life threatening, sea urchin stings can be very painful and cause numbness and swelling that extend far from the wound.

What are the symptoms of a venomous bite?

Symptoms of a venomous bite include: severe pain around the bite, this might come on later swelling, bruising or bleeding from the bite bite marks on the skin (these might be obvious puncture wounds or almost invisible small scratches) swollen and tender glands in the armpit or groin of the limb that has been bitten

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