Summertime means beach fun. It also means jellyfish season on Hilton Head Island beaches.
These aquatic invertebrates are equipped with nemocysts which are spring-loaded venom glands. When the jellyfish's tentacles come in contact with something, the nemocysts "sting" whatever they are in contact with. If the object in question is a person, the sting results in skin irritation and discomfort.
If you are on the receiving end of a jellyfish sting, we have some tips on how to treat the stings. You can download these tips using Adobe Acrobat reader (free download).
Jellyfish Stings Tip Sheet
You also may want to read our guide on dealing with ocean-related injuries.