Jellyfish stings causes hundreds of Florida beachgoers to be treated

More than 1,000 beachgoers in Florida have been treated for jellyfish stings since Saturday, officials said.


More than 1,000 beachgoers in Florida have been treated for jellyfish stings since it was Saturday, Volusia County Beach Safety officials said.

Overall, 1,193 people have been treated for jellyfish stings, Tammy Malphurs, a spokeswoman for Volusia County Beach Safety, told Fox News Wednesday.

So far, none of the stings are life-threatening.

“Jellyfish are common along the coast; with them being brought ashore at various times during the year by the wind and ocean currents. Combine that with a very large crowd flocking to the beach due to the good weather, [there are] a lot of people in the water,” she said.

In this case, jellyfish are largely to blame for the stitches.

If stung, Malphurs suggested that the victim leave the water and flag down a lifeguard truck, or go to a manned tower.”

“Jellyfish stings can be painful and a lifeguard can rinse the area with vinegar, which is a common treatment. It is important to not rub the area, which can make it worse,” she added. The Mayo Clinic also suggests soaking the irritated area in warm water and for the victims “to Carefully pick the visible tentacles with a fine pair of tweezers.”

While jellyfish stings are painful, no pain will usually disappear within a few minutes, Malphurs said.

Lifeguards treated 107 people for stitches on Saturday, while 523 were treated on Sunday. On Monday, an additional 180 help required for the stitches. Tuesday brought an additional 190, 193 treated on Wednesday.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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