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Jellyfish Stings (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Seek immediate medical treatment if the person stung has:

  • Difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, or intense pain at the site of the sting.

  • If the person has been stung in the mouth or placed tentacles in their mouth and are having voice changes, difficulty swallowing, or swelling of the tongue or lips.

  • If the sting happened to someone who is very young or old.

  • If the sting involves a large area of the body, the face, or genitals.

  • If the patient continues to have itching, redness, pain, swelling of the skin (cellulitis) around the sting, see a doctor. The doctor may prescribe:

    • diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to help with the itching,

    • pain medication for pain, and/or

    • topical steroids or steroids by mouth to help with the swelling and itching.

    • The doctor may also prescribe antibiotics if the patient has cellulitis. Take all medications as directed and until they are gone.

  • If it has been longer than 10 years since the patient's last tetanus shot.

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