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Exeter expert's wee warning on jellyfish stings - use shaving gel instead

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

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Urinating on a jellyfish sting is no cure - and could make it worse. You’ll have more joy with shaving gel.

The advice comes in a new ultimate guide to jellyfish for those who go down to the beach for a paddle.

Following the recent surge in jellyfish, Stay In Devon has put together a guide for keeping safe from the creatures while visiting the beach.

The guide contains useful information such as the fact that not all jellyfish found in the UK are able to sting humans.

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Advice from the NHS suggests that urinating on the affected area can in fact make the situation worse and instead to use shaving gel and ibuprofen to help ease pain and swelling.

The guide also contains information such as facts that the origins of jellyfish date back more than 500 million years, are made up of more than 90% water and also have no brains or bones.

Dr Matthew Witt, Lecturer in Natural Environment at the University of Exeter's campus in Cornwall said: “Jellyfish are an important part of our British wildlife and lead amazing lives - we see them year round, but mostly in summer months and lots around the South West, this is a great place to see marine wildlife.

“But remember look and don’t touch. If you do happen to come into contact with a jellyfish then follow these simple instructions. Also, please take time to inform the Marine Conservation Society of your sighting as this information will help us to understand the health of our coastal seas.”

The Marine Conservation Society Jellyfish survey can be found at http://www.mcsuk.org/what_we_do/Wildlife%20protection/Report%20wildlife%20sightings/Report%20wildlife%20sightings

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  • whinger62  |  August 16 2014, 2:17PM

    A bit like Nigel Farage, made up of more than 90% air and also has no brains or bones

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