It is true that summer brings jellyfish to our beaches, but it is not true that it is because of the heat; it’s actually due to the current. Other unfounded rumours are:
- Jellyfish attack us. If we touch them, they sting us, but they do not hunt after people.
- Urine, fresh water, rub with sand, vinegar. These are not proper remedies and (with the exception of vinegar in some cases) they expand the skin rash.
If bitten, it is best to apply seawater for 15 or 30 minutes to reduce sting. Using ice in a bag is also relieving (so the water does not spill). Go to the aid station right away and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain (if you have no medical contraindications).
Remember that with your Health Insurance you are protected, so always carry the card with you.