Bluebottle and their sting
We all love long lazy days at the beach, tanning swimming and surfing. There is, however, one little sea creature that can turn your happy beach outing into misery and tears – the infamous blue bottle or “blou blasie”.
Blue bottles can be identified by a small translucent blue bubble (“bottle”) attached to some rather long, thin tentacles. Blue bottles can be found all along the coast of South Africa.
When someone is stung by a Bluebottle:
• Try to calm the victim down – which will be very difficult because the sting is extremely painful.
• Immediately rinse the affected area with sea water. Never rinse with fresh water – it causes the tentacles to release more toxins!
• Try to remove the tentacles. Cover your hands, because the tentacles will also sting your bare hands. If you have nothing to cover your hands with, try this old life-saver trick: Put some sea sand on the tentacles and gently rub the tentacles off with the sand. Be gentle, this will be painful!
• Use our Bluebottle Balm from our Natural Outdoor Range to help relieve the pain. It also reduces inflammation and acts as a natural anti-septic and anti-bacterial soothing balm.
• Apply vinegar to a bluebottle sting – it increases the amount of toxins released.
• Never rinse with fresh water as this causes the tentacles to release more toxins.
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