TIPS TO AVOID JELLYFISH THIS SEASON
The Douglas Shire is still in the throes of stinger season and the Queensland Ambulance Service has some helpful tips to avoid those pesky jellyfish. The QAS treat a large number of beachgoers for marine stingers every year. Most patients describe a sting like red hot wire mesh thrown on their skin, while others say it feels like being whipped by a stock whip on bare skin. QAS advise people to always swim between the red and yellow flags, inside the stinger-resistant enclosures and listen to the advice of lifeguards. QAS are encouraging beach goers to note signs warning of the dangers and if entering waters to wear a stinger suit or wetsuit for protection. Wearing a stinger suit or a wetsuit is also important for protection against Irukandji jellyfish, which are small enough to pass through stinger nets. If a sting occurs leave the water, notify lifeguards and call triple zero (000) for an ambulance immediately. Douse the affected area with vinegar - just the normal household type - to prevent further stinger cells from discharging. If vinegar is not available, use seawater to remove the tentacles. Jellyfish stings can cause sudden excruciating pain and an ambulance should be called and vinegar applied immediately. Paramedics will administer pain relief and, in more severe case, CSL box jellyfish antivenom to neutralise circulating venom.