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Sting from Man-O-War 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.
PubMed Sting from Man-O-War References
- Nimorakiotakis B, Winkel KD. Marine envenomations. Part 1--Jellyfish. Aust Fam Physician. 2003 Dec;32(12):969-74.