The rash and skin irritation that occurs with minor jellyfish or
Portuguese man-of-war stings will usually go away with home treatment.
Seabather's eruption is a rash that develops from the
stings of jellyfish or sea anemone larvae. Although these rashes are annoying, they are not
a serious medical problem.
When an itchy rash occurs several days to weeks after a sting, the
rash may mean a delayed skin reaction has occurred. A delayed reaction can
occur many times over the course of 1 to 2 months following a sting. You may
have a fever, weakness, or joint stiffness or swelling. Medical treatment may
ease the discomfort and prevent complications from a delayed
Jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-war stings may cause blisters or
small, shallow sores (
ulcers). The skin at the site of the
stings may look dusky or bluish purple. Healing may take many weeks. Permanent
scars may occur at the site of a sting.
Sores usually heal without medical treatment. Wounds should be
cleaned 3 times each day and covered with a thin layer of antiseptic ointment.
But when a deep sore develops, you may need medical treatment to help the sore
heal and prevent infection.
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