Box jellyfish stings


Box jellyfish stings are extremely painful. Some symptoms can arise hours to weeks after a sting, but the most deadly appear immediately. They include:

  • Red whip-shaped lesions on the skin called “wheals”
  • Blistering and burning at the site of the sting
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Shock
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting

When a sting is fatal, death is usually due to cardiac arrest. Experts think the poison affects the heart directly.

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