Wirral Coastguard issues jellyfish warning after people hospitalised by stings

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The coastguard have issued warnings to beach goers after an increase in people being stung by jellyfish across Wirral.

Over the last two days a higher than normal amount of people have been stung by jelly fish on the Wirral coastline, with some being at New Brighton beach.

Most have been minor stings and have been self treated, however, some have been more serious and have resulted in people being taken to hospital.

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Michael Buratti, Station Officer for Wirral Coastguard Rescue Team said: ”If you are going to the beach, we would advise you to be careful if entering the water and if you see a jelly fish, try and avoid coming into contact with it. If you have any concerns about jelly fish, you can ask a Lifeguard for advice.”

The coastguard has issued the following advice on jellyfish stings:

Rinse the affected area with seawater (not fresh water)

Remove any spines from the skin using tweezers or the edge of a bank card

Soak the area in very warm water (as hot as can be tolerated) for at least 30 minutes – use hot flannels or towels if you cannot soak it

Take painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen

DONT:

Do not use vinegar

Do not pee on the sting

Do not apply ice or a cold pack

Do not touch any spines with your bare hands

Do not cover or close the wound