Deadly Irukandji jellyfish discovered off Fraser Island

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Take your vinegar bottles with you gang. I can't begin to imagine the pain these things can cause.

http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/news/deadly-irukandji-jellyfish-discovered-off-fraser-island/news-story/850936928339087fd4bba84cd163237c
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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 08:26

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 08:26
They don’t cause a lot of pain. You generally don’t know it’s serious for a half hour or more when your systems shut down and you die.

And the vinegar thing is a worry too. See below.

http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2014-04-08/vinegar-makes-box-jellyfish-stings-worse-aust-researchers/5374274?pfmredir=sm
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 09:07

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 09:07
"They don’t cause a lot of pain. "

That is contrary to every report I've read anwhere or seen on the box, whether documentary or personal account.
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Follow Up By: 9900Eagle - Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 09:34

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 09:34
Just read about the pain the other day. They said pain was 10 out of 10 and went on for may hours and the sting has some very interesting side effects on the person.
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Follow Up By: gbc - Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 10:01

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 10:01
Sorry, they don’t cause topical or local pain like a bluebottle. The pain, when it starts is evidently all over the body and much later. There is nowhere to put the vinegar at the time of the sting because people generally don’t complain immediately, and vinegar us used to wash away the tentacles which, on an animal which doesn't initially hurt much and full grown is the size of a fingernail, requires a change in the paradigm of how we travellers think about this particular species.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 20:03

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 20:03
On the subject of bluebottles...last year we searched online the treatment for them after our kids got nailed at Straddie, hot water as hot as you can tolerably stand was the recommended treatment, not the old vinegar treatment....NSW Ambulance site says not to apply vinegar, hot water if it's available and after that was ice if no hot water available.
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Follow Up By: Member - silkwood - Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 21:53

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 21:53
Be very clear...

Bluebottle stings- NO vinegar, hot water.

Irukandji stings- vinegar! ( and CPR).

Cheers,

Mark
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 23:23

Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 23:23
Laundry blue bags used to give instant relief for Bluebottle stings!

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