Jellyfish may have soft squishy bodies, but they hide a toxic weapon. Beneath their calm demeanor, they are ruthless. Hundreds and thousands of swimmers have to receive treatment for their jellyfish stings each year. Some cases can be fatal. These aquatic animals use their tentacles to inject toxins into the body of prey or enemy. This is why it is important to know how to treat such an injury when help isn’t around.
People Treated Jellyfish Stings the Wrong Way
Usually, people react in emergency cases by proceeding the way they heard around. In the case of jellyfish stings, the traditional treatment urges victims to apply ice or even urine on the wound. However, specialists don’t recommend such practices. On the contrary, they are of the opinion that such measures can even add fuel to the fire.
Christie Wilcox at John A. Burns School of Medicine and Angel Yanagihara at the University of Hawaii worked together to understand what the best treatment there is for jellyfish stings. They started off by analyzing the already created cures for the venom of two box jellyfish species. One of them is known as Chironex fleckeri and the other is an Alatina alata. The box species is known for its vicious attack. They are even considered one of the deadliest aquatic creatures.
The Cells of the Tentacles Can Release Venom even after Sting
The two specialists managed to prove that the traditional cures are nothing but fads. Moreover, they showed how these trends are rendering the victim more pain than necessary. More exactly, the practice of rinsing the jellyfish stings with ice can lead to an over the top exacerbation of the symptoms.
This is because the practice can make the tentacle inject even more venom into the body. Christie Wilcox explained this by revealing that up to 1% of the stinging cells are active during a sting. If the tentacles move a bit, the capsules can be animated and release more toxins into the body. Thus, the pain can be twofold the normal dose.
This is why other popular treatments can actually do wonders. Such is the case with vinegar. The acetic acid can prevent the cell capsules to release more venom. At the same time, the liquid can soothe the painful area.
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