About nine days ago I was stung by a jellyfish. I don't know what kind it was. I was stung in four places and two have them have healed but the other two continue to sting, itch and are red and swollen. I have also been feeling tired and nauses for the past few days. Is it time to go to the doctor?
Where are these located? Just like what you've been experiencing, symptoms of a jellyfish sting include stinging pain, itching, rash, and raised welts. On the other hand, the progressive effects of a jellyfish sting may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lymph node swelling, abdominal pain, numbness/tingling, and muscle spasms. (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/jellyfish_stings/page3_em.htm#Medical%20Care)
If cellulitis is present or the sting involves a large area of the body, the face, or genitals, it is advised that you seek medical help. In your case, the redness and swelling of the skin around the sting are symptoms of cellulitis and warrants medical consult. The doctor may prescribe: antihistamines or Benadryl to help with the itching, pain medication for pain, topical steroids with the swelling and itching and antibiotics for the cellulitis. Take care and keep us posted.
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