The Greek Biodiversity Observatory draws the attention of bathers to purple jellyfish, emphasizing that when we see them, we do not enter the sea.
Purple jellyfish are considered one of the most dangerous species of jellyfish in the Mediterranean and their sting is painful due to the neurotoxin they have.
Symptoms in case of contact:
- Pain like burning, many times intense redness of the skin, and in some cases the jellyfish footprint that sparked you appeared on part of your skin.
- Motion sickness
- Pressure drop
- Spasm of the bronchi
- Shortness of breath
In case of systemic symptoms (rarely) such as : hypotension , voice rock , inspirational whistle, generalized angioedema – extensive urticarial rash ,communication level disorders – consciousness , vomiting, IMMEDIATE transport of the patient to the hospital is required.
What to do if you are bitten by a jellyfish:
- Remove any tentacles stuck to your body. Caution! not with bare hands, because this will lead to sticking of the tentacles in the hands and transfer of irritation there.
- Rinse the sting area with plenty seafood water.
- Do not use from: vinegar, sweet water, alcohol or ammonia, because this jellyfish is inactivated with an alkaline solution and not with an acidic one.
- Do not wrap the sting with bandages
- Apply ice or cold compresses to the sting. This reduces the local effects on the skin. Use an ice pack (inside an enclosure to avoid contact with fresh water).
- If available, apply a mixture of sea water and baking soda (in proportion 1:1) for two minutes. This will stop any extra secretion of venom from the sting cells left in the skin..
- If the pain persists, consult a doctor or pharmacist to get you one cortisone cream the antihistamine pill.
- Finally, if the symptoms are severe and especially if they do not subside after the application of local measures, some cortisone injection may be needed. In this case you should definitely go to the hospital or visit a Health Center.