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Beach and water safety

Jellyfish and other sea creature stings

Most stings from sea creatures in the UK are not serious and can be treated with first aid. 

What to do if you've been stung

  • Remove any jellyfish parts stuck to the skin. Brush them away with the edge of a credit card or similar plastic object.
  • Rinse the affected area with seawater.
  • Soak the area in very warm water (as hot as can be tolerated) for at least 30 minutes – use hot flannels or towels if you cannot soak it.
  • Symptoms such as burning, throbbing or itching can be treated at home with painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

You should however visit your local Minor Injury Unit (MIU) if you have:

  • Severe pain that is not going away
  • Been stung on your face or genitals
  • Been stung by a stingray

Find your nearest Minor Injury Unit. 

Further information about jelly fish and sea creature stings can be found on the NHS 111 Wales website.

Water safety advice 

Whether you're going to the beach, exploring the coast, or venturing out onto the water, the RNLI website have water safety advice to help keep you and your loved ones safe

Further information and resources