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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2019 3:49 pm

Coronado Lifeguards encourage visitors to enjoy their time in Coronado. Many visitors will get to the beach as a part of their vacation. Lifeguards would like all beachgoers to consider their interaction with marine life when in the water. The most common interaction involves stingrays. Swimmers and waders often disrupt the natural movement of the stingray. When accidentally stepped on by swimmers, the tail of the stingray is whipped up and usually results in a sting to the lower extremities. Lifeguards are there to help. If stung, contact the nearest lifeguard for assistance. The best protection is to avoid stepping on the stingrays by shuffling your feet in the water.

There are four species of sting ray in California coastal waters, but the one most common and most likely to be encountered by lifeguards and the public is the round ray. The round ray reaches a maximum length of 20 inches and has one or more serrated spines with a venom gland located in the tail. Injuries normally occur when the victim steps on the animal which anchors it to the bottom and provokes the stinging stabbing reflex. Sometimes you may avoid being stung by shuffling your feet to scare away the sting ray.

If you are stung, the venom causes immediate pain. the first aid treatment is to immediately clean the sound thoroughly and place the affected part into water that is as hot as he or she can tolerate without burning the skin, (105º - 110º is the temperature of a hot jacuzzi). Feel the water with your and to test the temperature. Relief from the pain should occur quickly and last as long as the water is kept hot, normally about 30 minutes to neutralize the venom. If the victim displays signs of shock or any other adverse reactions to the sting, call 911.

When the pain is relieved, dry the wound and bandage. It is advised that you go to a doctor to have the wound professionally cleaned. If the tissue around the wound becomes red, inflamed or painful, see a doctor immediately. Dirty wounds heal slowly and may become infected. Infection is the biggest danger.

Jellyfish have a gelatinous brown and purple bell shape, which holds about 30 feet of tentacles. The animal will drift with the currents and wind until it reaches the shore. The stinging cells are found all along the tentacles and are active even when washed up to dry land. The stinging cells are actually microscopic darts that will penetrate the skin and inject the venom when touched.

There are a lot of misconceptions about proper treatment for jellyfish stings. Recent studies show that the only common remedy that will prevent the stinging cells from firing is vinegar, found at any grocery store. In the absence of vinegar, the tentacles should be removed by hand and then the affected area rinsed with water. Normally, the affected area will have a line of small reddish bumps that correspond to where the tentacle contracted the skin. Other symptoms may include pain and/or itching at the affected location. Application of a cooling agent like ice may give some temporary relief to the pain. If the victim displays signs of shock or any other adverse reactions to the sting, call 911.

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