3 Best Ways to Avoid Getting Stung by a Jellyfish

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Summer is just around the corner, and you’re probably already plotting your beach vacation, but it’s important to pay close attention to creatures lurking underwater.  Jellyfish can turn your tropical getaway into a painful ordeal, but our tips will help you avoid getting stung by them.

Right Place, Right Time

The best way to avoid jellyfish altogether is to be in the right place at the right time. Avoid swimming and diving in areas known to have many jellyfish, especially during peak season. You can even check a jellyfish forecast to avoid potential encounters that could turn dangerous.

Stay Alert

Even if you get informed about it before heading to the beach, it’s a good idea to stay alert when in areas with occasional jellyfish sightings. Keep an eye out for jellyfish in the water and on the shoreline, and don’t try to touch them or go anywhere near them to avoid the sting. It’s also a good idea to wear a protective suit and footwear while swimming.

First Aid Basics

Even if you take all the precautions, jellyfish stings can still occur so it’s good to know some first aid basics. Remove any remaining tentacles, rinse the sting with seawater or vinegar, soak the area in warm water for 30 minutes to release the toxins, and consider using painkillers and seeking medical assistance if you’re experiencing a strong reaction.