How do you treat a bluebottle sting?

Bluebottles are the most common cause of jellyfish stings in Australia. Stings cause immediate and severe pain that usually settles within an hour.

Recent research has found that hot water is more effective in reducing pain from bluebottle stings than ice packs. Experts now recommend that the affected area is immersed in a container of hot water (450 C) for at least 20 minutes. An alternative is continuous hot water from a hose or shower.

Vinegar is used for box jellyfish stings, not bluebottle stings.

Please note this information was correct at time of printing.
For up to date information, speak to your doctor.

Source: Summer 2006 Edition | Page 3

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