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South Carolina beach sees rise in Man O’war stings, observations, officials say

A Portuguese Man O’ War.

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Beachgoers take note: the Portuguese Man O’Wars sightings and stings are on the rise across the at least one beach in South Carolina.

City of Folly Beach officials on Wednesday issued a warning to visitors and residents to be wary of the creatures on the shore, which can make for a toxic angel.

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Getting stung by one of these sea creatures is incredibly painful, according to National Geographic. Even a dead Man O’Wars can still be a stitch.

Officials said that anyone who spots the creature – and that is a siphonophore, not a jellyfish, according to the publication – the report of the observation.

If stung, officials recommend the use of vinegar and heat” for the treatment of a Man O’war sting. More specifically, WebMD recommends flushing the affected area with vinegar for 30 seconds to remove the creature’s tentacles with a pair of tweezers.

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Once the tentacles are removed, it is best to enjoy from the same area with warm water for 20 minutes.

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

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