Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sting from Man-O-War Cyst Removal

Removing jellyfish cysts and venom from the skin can prevent further injury.

Removal of jellyfish cysts and venom includes:

  • Rinse the affected area with salt water.
    • Do not use fresh water.
  • Carefully remove any tentacles.
    • Use tweezers or a gloved hand.
    • Use adhesive tape.
  • Rinse again.
  • Do not scrub or scrape the tentacles.
    • This releases more venom into the skin.
  • Rinse the skin with household vinegar.
    • This inactivates the venom.
    • If vinegar is not available, use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.
  • Apply an antibiotic ointment and a bandage.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Sting from Man-O-War 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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