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Jellyfishes, which belong to the Cnidarian group like corals, are among the most ancient and fascinating animals that live in our seas. It’s estimated, in fact, that they have not evolved since their first appearance on Earth, dating back about seven hundred million years ago. Their body is 98% water, they are mostly famous for their tentacles’ stinging ability and, due to global warming, they are multiplying and spreading out of control even in the Mediterranean Sea. Among the most common types we find Pelagia Noctiluca, Carybdea Marsupialis, Rhopilema Nomadica, Cassiopea Andromeda, Drymonema Dalmatium, Aurelia Aurita and Chrysaora Hysoscella.

Jellyfishes’ tentacles contain cnidocytes, small stinging organs that release a venom useful for defending themselves from predators and paralyzing potential preys. Once in contact with a jellyfish we immediately feel pain, the skin turns red, and we feel a strong sense of burning.

What to do?

Jellyfish Get out of the water and keep calm;

Jellyfish Rinse the affected area with plenty sea water to dilute the toxin that has not yet penetrated;

Jellyfish Remove the last remaining tentacle strands using tweezers;

Jellyfish Keep the affected area warm;

Jellyfish Apply an astringent aluminum chloride gel on the affected area (available in pharmacies).


What not to do?

Jellyfish Do not scrape the cells left on the skin using a rigid support;

Jellyfish Do not apply ice or cold objects on affected area;

Jellyfish Do not rub the painful area with sand;

Jellyfish Do not apply ammonia or alcohol;

Jellyfish It’s also the moment to dispel a myth: urine is useless!

Montebello21 ✓ Alert The suggestions given are for informational purposes only and in no case can they constitute the formulation of a diagnosis or the prescription of a treatment. It’s therefore recommended to always seek the opinion of your doctor and/or the most suitable specialists.

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