Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Man-O-War Sting Underlying Cause

Facts about jellyfish stings:

  • Jellyfish have cysts on their tentacles. The cysts contain venom.
  • Contact causes the cysts to inject venom into the skin.
  • The venom causes inflammation of the skin and tissue beneath the skin.
  • Venom may also be absorbed into the bloodstream:
    • Some types of venom are toxic to the heart, nerves, liver and kidneys.
  • Venom rarely causes an allergic reaction.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Man-O-War Sting References
  1. Nimorakiotakis B, Winkel KD. Marine envenomations. Part 1--Jellyfish. Aust Fam Physician. 2003 Dec;32(12):969-74. [14708142]
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