Summer is coming which means our shores will encounter strong Easterly winds, commonly accompanied by blue bottles.
Blue bottles have tentacles that, when in contact with human skin, can cause a sharp, burning and itching pain that can even be fatal to those allergic to marine stings.
Should you encounter a blue bottle sting, do the following:
* Rinse with sea water, and carefully remove visible tentacles stuck on your skin (cover your hands to avoid the tentacles stinging them too).
* Immerse the affected area under warm water. If this does not ease the pain, use a cold pack or rub ice on the affected area.
* Should you experience swelling, nausea, difficulty breathing or rashes around the affected area, seek immediate medical attention as you might be suffering from an allergic reaction.
Always swim at a beach where there are lifeguards who are trained to deal with bluebottle stings. From 1 November 2020, Lifeguards will be on duty at Dolphin Beach in Jeffreys Bay.