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Increase in stingray and jellyfish stings on Longboat Key

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LONGBOAT KEY, FL (WFLA) - Longboat Key Fire Rescue officials said they had seen an increase in stingray and jellyfish stings reported lately in the area beaches. They remind beach goers to be careful with the creatures.

Firefighters said to shuffle feet to scare away stingrays. If one stings you, you need to place your foot in a bucket of the hottest water you can handle without scalding. This will relieve the pain, they said. They recommend to see a medical professional to make sure there is no barb left in the wound or to get a tetanus shot.

If a jellyfish gets you, firefighters recommend to soak the sting area with in a 3-10 percent vinegar and water solution. This will deactivated nemocytes and help with pain. This will not work with Portuguese man-o-war stings, firefighters said.

The city fire department officials said Longboat Key firefighters and paramedics are trained to handle the stings, they will be able to help you.

Make sure to check beach warnings before getting into water. If you experience chest pains, shortness of breath, hives after a sting, please call 911 immediately.
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