Many foreign swimmers at Phuket beaches have been injured by poisonous jellyfish say Thai authorities.
Poisonous jelly fish are being brought ashore by recent heavy waves. Many foreign swimmers at beaches in Phuket have suffered mild stings and some have mild allergies to the stings.
The Head of the Phuket Resources Conservation Center Mr. Suchart Ratanaruengsri told the Phuket Express that his teams have checked warning signs which have been put on Phuket beaches to warn of poisonous jellyfish and what to do if a swimmer has been stung.
Beach lifeguards at Patong Beach told the Phuket Express that they use vinegar to wash the affected area of skin for at least 30 seconds. They have warned swimmers not to wash the affected skin with drinking water or alcohol to prevent more allergic reactions. Sea water can be used to wash if you do not have vinegar.
The president of the Karon Municipality Council Mr. Trin Thipmongkol told the Phuket Express that Most poisonous jelly fish near beaches in Phuket are the Portuguese man-o-war which are not as dangerous as the Box Jellyfish or Sea Wasp.