Man o' War / Jelly Fish Stings

The Portuguese Man o' War (Physalia physalis), also known as the blue bubble, blue bottle, man-of-war, or the Portuguese man of war, is a jelly-like, marine invertebrate.


Painful raised red lesions in lines (consistent with contact with the tentacle.)

Muscle spasms may develop in the affected extremity.

The raised red lesions may develop into fluid filled lesions and may heal with pigmentation.
With extensive or repeated exposures systemic reactions can take place, such as; nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness and irregular heart rate may occur.
Other symptoms like, excessive tearing, runny nose and painful breathing.


First remove any adherent tentacles that will cause further delivery of venom. The tentacles should be lifted off the skin (don't scrape them off, this causes further stings).

Use a stick or some other object to remove the tentacle(s) so as not to get your fingers stung.

Next, rinse the affected area with sea water to wash away any adherent nematocysts. DO NOT use fresh water, since this will activate the nematocysts. DO NOT scrub as this will only activate the nematocysts and cause further venom delivery.

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