The ones we have are definitely great days. Many of us enjoy the wonderful Italian beaches and the crystal clear waters that surround our wonderful country. Unfortunately, the water, the beach, and the beach can hide flaws that should not be underestimated. One of the most common are jellyfish, which are wonderful animals but certainly annoying if we come into contact with them. Especially since common beliefs have spread over the years about treating flare-ups that may aggravate the situation. So here’s what we should do if we touch a jellyfish according to experts from the Veronesi Foundation. It’s time to ditch the alcohol, ammonia, and antihistamine ointments.
Symptoms of contact with jellyfish
In recent years, the number of jellyfish on our beaches has increased significantly. A situation that puts our skin as well as that of our four-legged friends at risk. For them, jellyfish can be even more dangerous.
Contact with jellyfish usually results in severe burning followed by localized redness and swelling of the skin. The skin that then begins to itch in an annoying way.
First steps to take
The first thing to do if we unfortunately touch a jellyfish is not to panic. Fortunately, there are no species that have been declared fatal to people in the Mediterranean.
The second step will be to check if there are any tentacles still attached. If there is, we can try to gently remove it with simple seawater. At this stage, we can use a common gel based on aluminum chloride. A cream can also help us against mosquitoes and can be very useful against itching.
What do we do if we touch jellyfish and why not use alcohol, ammonia and antihistamine ointments
It sounds almost obvious, but one thing you should never do is rub a wound or even put hot sand on it. May increase irritation and itching.
We also keep alcohol, ammonia and lemon at a safe distance. The only effect we can get with these products is an exacerbation of inflammation.
Many recommend using an antihistamine ointment on the area affected by jellyfish. It is actually a treatment that leaves many questions open. The first reason is that these products begin to act long after the moment of contact. The second, and perhaps most important, is that with antihistamines, we risk irreparably staining the skin. It is best to immediately put yourself in the shade and avoid direct contact with sunlight.
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