Nine people stung in 'mild' influx of Portuguese man-of-war
Four people have been treated for Portuguese man-of-war stings after more than 50 man-of-war were found Monday on Waikiki Beach as of 2 p.m.
Five other people were stung at Ala Moana Beach and about 10 more man-of-war were found there.
The city’s Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services Division called the influx “mild.” Lifeguards posted warning signs and are alerted beachgoers.
“It is not unusual to see an influx of Portuguese man-of-war after an extended period of southerly or Kona winds,” said Bryan Cheplic, spokesman for the city’s Emergency Services Department. “Thankfully, this influx is not as large as the influx we saw back in August but lifeguards will be monitoring the situation and are urging the public to check with them before entering the water.”
Unlike a box jellyfish sting, vinegar is not a suggested type of treatment for a Portuguese man-of-war sting.
Instead, people who are stung should:
• Pick off any visible tentacles with a gloved hand, stick, or anything handy, being careful to avoid further injury.
• Rinse the area liberally with seawater or fresh water to remove any tentacles stuck to the skin. This can be from a spray bottle or in a beach shower.
• Apply ice for pain control.
• Irrigate exposed eyes with copious amounts of room temperature tap water for at least 15 minutes. If vision blurs, or the eyes continue to tear, hurt, swell, or are light sensitive after irrigating see a doctor.