Activated Charcoal for Jellyfish stings
Activated Charcoal for Jellyfish stings

Activated Charcoal for Jellyfish Stings

This is from Dawn - a new charcoal enthusiast living in South Africa who loves exploring nature in the water and on land.
"I have a charcoal story that may be new for you.  While snorkelling in Zanzibar, Tanzania a few weeks ago, a beautiful purple jellyfish wrapped its 7in. tentacles around my forearm. Ouch!!!  Once I got back to the boat I cracked open a charcoal capsule and smeared it over the area, effectively painting my arm black. 90% of burning sensation faded quickly.  Several concerned passengers offered me painkillers and antihistamines, which I refused with a smile.  Thankfully no one offered to pee on me as that would have been awkward.  I refreshed the charcoal paint job a couple times and kept swimming relying on the seawater to maintain moisture. The angry red raised tentacle marks subsided within a couple hours. No painkillers, nor anything else, was needed."