Jellyfish have been spotted all across Ayrshire this summer, with warmer water temperatures leading to an increase in numbers around the UK. 

NHS Ayrshire and Arran has now released a list of advice, detailing what people should and should not do if stung by one. 

The main symptoms to look our for are intense pain and an itchy rash, and certain jellyfish can also cause welts on the skin.

If stung, try to find a lifeguard or someone with first aid training for help if possible. 

If help is not available, people should:

  • Rinse the affected area with seawater;
  • Remove any spines from your skin using tweezers or the edge of a bank card;
  • Soak the area in very warm water for at least 30 minutes;
  • Take painkillers as soon as possible to help with the pain.

People should not:

  • Use vinegar or pee on the sting;
  • Apply ice or a cold pack, or touch any spines with bare hands;
  • Cover or close the wound.

If they still have severe pain that is not going away, have been stung in the face or genitals, or have been stung by a stingray, go to a minor injuries unit. 

If people have been stung and have difficulty breathing, chest pain, fits or seizures, severe swelling or bleeding, vomiting or lightheadedness, go to A&E or call 999.