Giant Jellyfish  7 10 2013It’s the summer time and our favorite summer past time is going to the beach. We can surf with the big waves.  Well, there’s not enough big waves on the Eastern part of North Carolina only when a hurricane comes and creates a big waves, but it is not safe to surf during the hurricane. People can get caught in a riptide and get pulled into the ocean. And be lost!

When I was a teenager, my family and I were at the beach, I love the water and everything about the ocean. But when I saw the movie “Jaws” I was afraid of the ocean, but it was only a movie – a fiction movie.  So I  wasn’t afraid of the ocean.

I scream and I scream so loudly. A huge jellyfish jumped out of the ocean, grab my penis, and stung me so badly. It looked like it was part of me. I had a huge jellyfish on my penis and it was embarrass for the doctors to remove it.

The first you have to do, is to calm the person down.  Wear gloves, if possible, and brush off stingers with a towel. Gently wash the area with rubbing alcohol.

Don’t scream if it stings with alcohol.

Vinegar, or salt water would work also. Soak the wound in very warm (not hot) water for 30 to 90 minutes to inactivate the toxin. Use an over-the-counter antihistamine for localized swelling, tenderness, or itching. Hydrocortisone cream reduces swelling. Take acetaminophen, aspirin (if older than 18), or ibuprofen for pain. If bleeding, bandage the wound. Seek immediate medical care for uncontrolled bleeding, difficulty breathing, or other generalized symptoms.

Don’t rub the injury or rinse it with fresh water. This will activate any stinging cells that haven’t already ruptured.

To prevent stings, stay alert on the beach or while swimming. Jellyfish are nearly transparent and can be hard to see. Or better yet don’t go in the ocean at all, the kiddie pool at the hotel is much  better.