PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
The following tips can help you avoid jellyfish stings:
- Wear a protective suit. When swimming or diving in areas where jellyfish stings are possible, wear a wetsuit or other protective clothing. Diving stores sell protective "skin suits" or "stinger suits" made of thin, high-tech fabric.
- Get information about conditions. Talk to lifeguards, local residents or officials with a local health department before swimming or diving in coastal waters, especially in areas where jellyfish are common.
- Avoid water during jellyfish season. Stay out of the water when jellyfish numbers are high.
- Don't dive. To avoid stings on the face, don't dive into waters that may have jellyfish.
- Use protective lotions. There's some clinical evidence that some lotions, such as Safe Sea lotion, may result in fewer stings after exposure to jellyfish tentacles.
If you’re stung, leaving the water as calmly as possible, rather than splashing about, may prevent further activation of stingers.
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