Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness

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Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness

Post by 60south » Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:33 pm

Had a great dive at Pt. Whitney today, at least up until the last 10 minutes...

There's been lots of jellyfish in the shallows of Hood Canal lately, and in poor vis I swam right into a mass of tentacles. Couldn't back out in time. Ouch.

Three hours later and my lips and cheeks are still stinging.

I once learned that vinegar was the best treatment for these kind of stings, and I might start carrying some in my kit. Have you tried it, or do you have another solution (pun, no piss jokes puh-lease) that works good for you? Beer helped a little, both medicinally and topically.

And another damn thing... this is weird... I've been getting what I call 'referred pain' all over, not just in the stung area. Every part of my body has these transient sting sensations that go away when I touch the area. Have you ever heard of that? It's a new one on me, so to speak, and really annoying. Make it go away!

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Re: Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness

Post by eh.haole » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:17 pm

Could you ID the suspects?
What else supposedly deactivates stings? Heat? Sauna/jacuzzi? Or would that just increase inflammation? Stay hydrated!
Is it like stinging nettles (the land kind)? Or worse?
If it's anything like sunburn then a light dose of vitamin I[buprofen] helps(?)

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Re: Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness

Post by Magoi » Sun Aug 02, 2020 4:56 pm

My wife has successfully used vinegar for stings in the Sea of Cortez. I have also heard that Adolph's meat tenderizer works, but have not tried it. Treatment needs to be early.
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Re: Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness

Post by Jeff Pack » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:26 am

You might have hit a Lions Mane... They are the worst. Vinegar works well, we keep some with us.
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- I got a good squirt in my mouth
- I would imagine that there would be a large amount of involuntary gagging
- I don't know about you but I'm not into swallowing it

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Re: Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness

Post by Penopolypants » Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:57 am

60south wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:33 pm
And another damn thing... this is weird... I've been getting what I call 'referred pain' all over, not just in the stung area. Every part of my body has these transient sting sensations that go away when I touch the area. Have you ever heard of that? It's a new one on me, so to speak, and really annoying. Make it go away!
Oof, that sucks. It sounds like you might have been having an allergic reaction (obligatory not a doctor!). It might be beneficial to keep OTC allergy meds in your kit as well.
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Post by fmerkel » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:29 pm

I absolutely disagree with vinegar, doesn't work, at all. Nada, nope, useless. Even DAN agrees. They have pulled their recommendation for it.
Now obviously this is a one time personal experience, and like bee stings, you're experience may vary.

In terms of @60south experience I would look VERY carefully at what the new recommendations are. I have not looked. I just checked DAN after vinegar failed me and found the recommendation had been pulled. At that time (6-8 years ago) they did not have a new recommendation for Lion's Mane sting.

If I were you I'd maybe consider carrying some fast acting Benadryl, or maybe even an epipen (expensive due to assholes in the pharmaceutical industry). You sound like you may be having a 'shot over the bow' about a VERY bad next reaction. FWIW, you do NOT have an anaphylactic reaction to the 1st exposure of an allergen. You don't have antibodies.....yet. THAT 1st exposure stimulates the antibody production. 2nd exposure....can be really really bad.
I'm not saying it will happen, but your symptoms are awfully worrisome.
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Re: Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness

Post by 60south » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:54 pm

Penopolypants wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:57 am
It might be beneficial to keep OTC allergy meds in your kit as well.
fmerkel wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:29 pm
If I were you I'd maybe consider carrying some fast acting Benadryl
Thanks for the input. Can't get an epipen without a prescription. I do keep Benadryl strips, the kind that dissolve under the tongue, in my first aid kit. I'll keep that in mind if this happens again.

Addendum: If I get stung again I'm thumbing the dive immediately, just in case.

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