Jellyfish Scar Treatment and Minimizing Pain

Jellyfish Scar Treatment and Minimizing Pain

We previously wrote about what happens when a jellyfish stings; now we want to tackle what to do about the pain, and subsequently, a jellyfish scar treatment.

Scientists at the University of Hawaii found that a simple supplement, zinc gluconate, inhibited the potassium from escaping the cells because of the venom. In the studies on this, the mice who received it lived longer. The scientists believe that administering zinc could be life saving in human sting victims (1).

At the University of California San Diego Medical Center, researchers working at the Department of Emergency Medicine found that vinegar causes a lot more pain or nematocyst discharge in the majority of species. When the nematodes discharge, more venom enters the body. The nematodes discharge whenever they are touched.

The scientists decided that the best thing to do is remove the nematocysts inside the tentacles, wash the area with saltwater,  and apply topical lidocaine. The only time vinegar was found to be helpful was for a bluebottle (Physalia) jellyfish sting. This type of jellyfish is in the same family as the Portuguese man-of-war. (2)

At the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography in Savannah GA, researchers found that many of the usual ways to treat jellyfish stings (vinegar, ammonia, meat tenderizer, baking soda and urea) did not relieve the pain. However, when lidocaine was sprayed on the skin, the nematocysts didn’t discharge any more venom from the tentacles. (3)

But this won’t necessarily help remove the scar. For the scar, you’ll need to take action with a proven formula that actually lessens and in essence, removes scars. And remember, there’s a period of time when the skin restructures itself after a wound injury of any kind. Thus it’s best not to put the scar removal cream on the wound until a scar actually has formed.

Other Problems with Jellyfish Stings

Did you know that different types of jellyfish stings cause different symptoms? The symptoms may include severe muscle pains especially in the lower back, muscle cramps, agitation, vomiting, and sweating. It’s amazing that a small little jellyfish can cause so much grief. However, it is also true that some jellyfish can grow to the size of 88 pounds (40 kg).  Getting stung by one of them can be quite traumatic!

In Iraq, jellyfish stings are common. Scientists wanted to know how often fishermen were stung by jellyfish and surveyed three Marine stations. Jellyfish had stung 79% of the 150 fishermen, most commonly in hands and arms, followed by legs. Their wounds itched, burned and looked like a red whelp. After a few days, a rash developed that was red, itchy, inflamed and slightly raised from the surface of the skin (4).

In the Netherlands, a 26-year-old woman who had been surfing in Indonesia got a jellyfish sting on her right leg. The sting looked like a maculopapular rash at first (red, inflamed, patchy) and then changed into very red linear tracks a few days later (5).  The report didn’t detail what happened after that.

In one 33-year-old woman stung by a jellyfish in North Carolina, the blisters and itching went away after the 10th day, but still was reddened and slightly rough in texture eight months later (6).

Jellyfish sting scars can last for quite awhile. Use some of the latest technology to remove their emotional and physical sting.

Do you have a scar from a jellyfish sting?

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  1. Brian Smith says:

    I suffered a Portuguese Man=O=War sting on my hand two years ago. I felt the paralysis move up from my right hand up into my jaw, mouth and tongue. It then moved to the left side of my face into my chest and left arm. We raced to the hospital but by the time we got there (40mins) I felt the numbness begin to dissipate. My life threatening symptoms cleared up except the swelling in the palm of my hand. Two and a half years later the there is still a swollen area 1.5″ long by 3/4″ wide. It contains a protective body of water under a thick layer of skin. To this day if I extend my hand fully I experience a flash of pain. On occasion the swollen area will be struck by a sharp object releasing more neurotic peptides causing an incredible amount of pain. I keep hoping one day to wake up to a fully healed hand but I feel like it will never go away.

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