Beach, Berg & Bush Stings

  • by onRoute
  • Jun 4, 2012
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Jelly Fish and Bluebottles

1. It’s always easier to treat a sting when you’re not drowning so the first step is to get out of the water!

Before you head off to the beach, the berg or the bush here are a few things you should know about the creatures that lurk and how to treat their wrath immediately!

2. Rinse the area with saltwater. Do not use fresh-water as it will aid unfired stinging cells to fire, making the sting even worse.

3. If you see any tentacles, remove them…not with your hand! Use a stick or a towel. Note: tentacles will stick to your costume, so beware.

4. For jellyfish or blue bottle stings, your best bet is to add heat to the area, which will alleviate the pain. Hot seawater is great, albeit a little impractical, so use any warmed object; like the lid of your cooler box. You could also apply ammonia such as vinegar to the area, but who takes a bottle of vinegar to the beach? Where else can ammonia be found? Urine… just saying.

Good to have: Aloe Vera gel is very handy to keep in the beach bag.

In Severe cases: Severe symptoms include difficulty breathing, nausea, or dizziness. If you see any of these signs call ER24 immediately.


 Wasps and Bees

1. Remove the bee sting by scraping it out gently with a fingernail or edge of your credit card. Wasps do not leave their sting behind.

2. Wash the area with soap and warm water — if possible.

3.  Folklore says that if you treat a sting with honey the antibacterial properties will prevent the sting from getting infected.

4. And besides giving you shiny, white smile toothpaste can also treat a bee or wasp sting as it contains alkaline ingredients that neutralize the venom.

Good to have: Soothing Calamine Lotion is always a winner.

 In Severe cases: the victim will experience difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, throat and mouth tissue; difficulty in swallowing; anxiety and a drop in blood pressure. In cases like this it is imperative to seek medical attention. Call ER24 on 084 124.



1.  Although we are aware that it’s easier said than done, stay calm after being stung by a scorpion! The more panicked you get the faster the venom will spread.

2. With that said, wash the affected area well with soap and cold water.

3. Apply ice to the sting to contain swelling.

4. Avoid eating or drinking after the sting as a reaction to the sting could be difficulty in swallowing.

Good to have:  A cortisone cream is a bonus for the bush.

In severe cases: Bearing in mind there are many different species of scorpion, some harmless and some highly venomous, no scorpion sting should be taken lightly. Symptoms include muscle spasms, hyperventilation, disorientation and anaphylactic shock. It is important to try and keep the scorpion so it can be identified and to seek medical attention immediately. Call ER24 on 084 124.