Go with baking soda or shaving cream to the beach!

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by Urs Raber

Shaving cream at the beach

The now spotted jellyfish Portuguese galley (Physalia physalis) in Spain, will hardly reach the Ionian Sea. It is used to the low temperatures of the Atlantic, the Ionian Sea is too warm. Nevertheless, it can happen that you make a unpleasant acquaintance with another jellyfish species. The light jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca), also called Mauve Stinger, lurking invisibly in the water. Their tentacles can reach a length of up to 2 meters.

What to do if you have been bitten by a jellyfish.
The natural law "More tuna less jellyfish" does not help any longer. Immediate help is needed. Normally, 80 to 90 percent of nettle capsules have not yet discharged and could explode on further skin contact formally. First of all, you should pour over the affected area with sea water without rubbing. Under no circumstances touch the affected areas without protection. It is even counterproductive, if you use fresh water or alcohol. Also, vinegar is not exactly brilliant. To remove the remaining nettle threads, you have to sprinkle sand over the spots. Even better, if available, apply shaving cream or a 1:1 mixture of seawater and baking soda. When the spots have dried, scrape off the tentacles. Everything that has an edge (such as a bank card or a knife back) is suitable. Then cool the affected area with a cortisone ointment, or cool with ice packs. If necessary, consult the emergency center next to the gas station in Vasiliki.

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