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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Up From The Depths In The Middle Of The Ocean
Ron Adley of Ocean Care Solutions hazards (pun intended) an educated guess based on the assumption that a swimmer begins in New York or Massachusetts and finishes in England or France.
"I am reasonably certain a swimmer could come across the Lion's Mane jellyfish, the Mauve jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) and various sea nettles. These all have painful, irritating but not debilitating stings unlike the Portuguese man o war.
Swimmers may also encounter the man o war if the Gulf Stream and the westerly winds will move warmer water north. Even so, I think we provide you with our Man o War Kit as a "one stop marine sting first aid kit" because of the contents and versatility of this kit.
Certainly vinegar and warm water, as long as the water is around 113°F (45°C) and you can maintain it for 12-18 minutes, is central to jellyfish sting pain relief. Typical household vinegar is labeled 5% acetic acid, but few brands are at that level. Generally, off-the-shelf vinegar runs between 3.1-4.0% acetic acid. The Ocean Care Solutions man o war kit contains a specially formulated sting relief is made with a minimum of 5% acetic acid that feels like a typical hand lotion to address sting pain relief and welting from a jellyfish envenomation. The water-tight, waterproof kit also has a saline solution to rinse the wound, a snap-activated heat bar that holds the required temperature for 20 minutes, a spray bottle of the jellyfish sting relief, tweezers, bandages, gauze, hydrocortisone cream for itch and triple antibiotic ointment. The heat breaks down the toxins.
Vinegar also works, but a very viscous product enables the acetic acid concentrate to stay where it is sprayed in order to work more effectively than using much more vinegar by volume to flush a wound."
Flush, scrap and spray to avoid welts, pains and itching close to shore or way out in the Ocean Blue.
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