What Does Jellyfish Sting Feel Like?

Common signs and symptoms of jellyfish stings include: Burning, prickling, stinging pain.

Red, brown or purplish tracks on the skin — a “print” of the tentacles’ contact with your skin.


How painful is a jellyfish sting?

It’s the tentacles that sting. While jellyfish stings are painful, most are not emergencies. Expect pain, red marks, itching, numbness, or tingling with a typical sting. But stings from some types of jellyfish — such as the box jellyfish (also called sea wasp) — are very dangerous, and can even be deadly.

How long does jellyfish sting last?

Jellyfish stings cause immediate, intense pain and burning that can last for several hours. Raised, red welts develop along the site of the sting, which may look like you have been hit with a whip. The welts may last for 1 to 2 weeks, and itchy skin rashes may appear 1 to 4 weeks after the sting.

What does Jellyfish feel like?

A jellyfish sting starts off like a sharp, burning pain. It feels like you’ve been stung by a bee, but in a long line. The pain faded, but I developed hives along the sting site about 24 hours later. Jellyfish have stinging cells that, under a microscope, actually look like harpoons.

What helps a jellyfish sting?

First aid for minor jellyfish stings

  • Thoroughly rinse the affected area with vinegar or with a commercial spray if available.
  • Remove the tentacles while still rinsing.
  • Apply a heat pack or immerse the affected area in water of a temperature at least 113 °F for 40 minutes.