Warning to swimmers!

There have been numerous sightings today of Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish (pictured) at various locations on the South Caribbean coast including Puerto Viejo, Cahuita and Manzanillo. Do not touch them or try to remove them from the water to take a photo! If you are stung: neutralize the poison by removing the remains of the tentacles from your skin. You can try to wash the area with alcohol or salt water. Never use fresh water because it intensifies the effects. It is also not recommended to use vinegar, something that does work with the common jellyfish. Hot water is Hot water is better than cold if possible. Use after a cortisone cream after washing.

Atención bañistas: Esta especie conocida como carabela portuguesa han sido vistas en gran cantidad esta mañana en la costa del Caribe Sur. Si me pica: Lo primero es actuar para neutralizar el veneno retirando los restos de los tentáculos de nuestra piel. Según el lugar donde nos toque y en función de la distancia a un puesto de socorro o a una farmacia, se puede intentar lavar la zona con alcohol o con agua salada. No usar nunca agua dulce porque intensifica los efectos. Tampoco está recomendado usar vinagre, algo que sí funciona con la medusa común. No conviene aplicar agua fría, sino preferentemente caliente y usar después de una crema con cortisona.

Jan 13 2019 View story on facebook

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