First Aid for the treatment of jellyfish stings:
• Ensure you don't get stung yourself when aiding others
• Remove any attached tentacles with a gloved hand, stick, or towel (none of these available use the tips of your fingers)
• Do not rub the affected area (this may result in further venom release)
• Rinse the affected area with sea-water (do not use fresh water, vinegar, alcohol or urine)
• Apply a ‘dry cold pack’ to the area (i.e. place a cold pack or ice inside a plastic bag and then wrap this package in a t-shirt or other piece of cloth)
• Seek medical attention if there is anything other than minor discomfort • If the patient is suffering from swelling, breathing difficulties, palpitation or chest tightness then transfer to the nearest emergency department urgently
• These guidelines were drawn up by the Jellyfish Action Group of Ireland and Wales (which includes experts form Beaumont Poison Centre, Pre-hospital Emergency Care experts, hospital A&E consultants, local GPs, and water safety officers) and are only to be applied in Irish and Welsh waters. If travelling abroad seek advice for that specific country.