Brit holiday warning as jellyfish to swarm around Costa Del Sol beaches this summer | The Sun

MARINE experts are warning Brits to be careful this summer as huge amounts of jellyfish have swarmed around Costa Del Sol beaches.

Biologist Jesus Bellido has said holidaymakers should be extra vigilant when taking a dip at the popular tourist spots.


He believes the mysterious creatures may be “more abundant than normal”.

Speaking to The Olive Press he said: “The appearance of these creatures in linked to the climatic factors in spring/

“The current warm sea produces a series of ideal conditions to create a high presence of jellyfish in the Alboran Sea.

“Therefore, depending on the winds and the currents, the jellyfish will move to the coast.”

Most jellyfish stings are usually mild and don't require treatment, according to NHS England.

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If you have been stung by a jellyfish, you should be treated outside the water.

Any remaining tentacles should be removed using tweezers or a clean stick – and wear gloves if they're available.

Applying a heat pack to the affected area, or immersing it in hot water helps to reduce pain and inflammation.

Vinegar has been shown to help prevent further nematocyst discharge from box jellyfish, which are found in tropical areas – but doesn't provide any pain relief from already injected venom.

After a jellyfish sting, any pain and swelling can be treated with painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Ignore any advice you may have heard about urinating on the sting – it's unlikely to help.

It is warned that urine on the skin can cause the injury to burn more.

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Dr Peter Richardson told the BBC: "Peeing on a jellyfish sting is not advised."

He does suggest that some jellyfish stings are alkaline so you can treat them with vinegar.

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