To cope with the searing pain of a Hawaiian box jellyfish sting, resist the urge to reach for an ice pack. Don’t even rinse the inflamed area with seawater.
And never scrape box jelly tentacles off your skin with a credit card.
The three “remedies,” commonly touted on reputable medical websites, will only exacerbate an already serious problem, according to a new study by University of Hawaii researchers published March 15 in the journal Toxins.
“We put those methods to the test in the lab and found they actually make stings much, much worse in the long run,” said Angel Yanagihara, lead author of the report and assistant research professor at the UH Pacific Biosciences Research Center and the UH medical school.