Portuguese Man o' War Sting Kit


Portuguese Man o' War Sting Kit



The Portuguese Man o' War (Physalia physalis), also known as the Portuguese man-of-war,man-of-war, or bluebottle, is a jelly-like marine invertebrate generally confused with or grouped in to the same family as jellyfish. Despite its outward appearance, the Man of War is not a true jellyfish but a siphonophore, which differ from jellyfish in that they are not actually a single creature, but a colonial organism made up of many minute animals.


The Man o' War is found in warm water seas floating on the surface of open ocean, its air bladder keeping it afloat and acting as a sail while the rest of the organism hangs below the surface. It has no means of self-propulsion and is entirely dependent on winds, currents, and tides. It is most common in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Pacific and Indian oceans, but can drift outside of this range on warm currents such as the Atlantic Gulf Stream.


The stinging venom-filled nematocycsts in the tentacles of the Man o' War can paralyze small fish and other prey. Detached tentacles and dead specimens (including those that wash up on shore) can sting just as painfully as the live creature in the water, and may remain potent for hours or even days after the death of the creature or the detachment of the tentacle. Never pick one up or step on it while on the beach!! Stings usually cause severe pain to humans, leaving whip-like, red welts on the skin that normally last 2 or 3 days after the initial sting.


Be sure to take along "The Solution" for safe and effective Portuguese Man of War injury first aid when going to the beach, swimming, surfing, wind surfing or sport fishing..you'll be glad you did...And don't forget to check out our full line of marine sting first aid products...



The Man o' War Kit comes with everything you need
to effectively treat your marine sting.


Kit Includes:

  • Moist towelette for cleaning hands
  • Latex-Free Gloves
  • Gauze pad to help slow bleeding
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Forceps / Tweezers to remove tentacles
  • Ocean Care Solutions sting solution
  • Instant Heat pack, to alleviate pain
  • Elastic wrap for holding the heat pack in place
  • Scrapper
  • Ocean Care Solutions Triple antibiotic ointment
    to keep wound moist and prevent infection
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Adhesive bandage to cover wound

Bag is waterproof and resealable, allowing for use as an emergency ice pack


Can be easily stowed in a boat, kayak or vehicle






Delaying use of this product
may reduce effectiveness!

  1. Clean your hands with provided towelette. Do not directly touch the injured area without wearing the gloves provided in the kit.
  2. Rinse wound with saline solution. Never use fresh water. Use 1/2 of the saline solution..the other half gets used at #6
  3. Remove visible tentacles and/or obvious jellyfish parts with the tweezers, a gloved hand or double glove if you feel that you might come in direct hand contact with the tentacles or scrape away tentacles using provided scraper or flat edge of a credit card.
  4. Liberally apply Ocean Care Solutions gel directly to the stung skin and any tentacles that remain on the skin. Allow the gel to remain on the wound for 30 minutes
    Note: The use of acetic acid has been reported, in some cases, to increase the initial pain upon contact and therefore is not recommended by certain agencies. OCS has found the pain will subside with the application of heat as represented in our first aid protocol.
  5. Snap to activate the heat pack and apply to the affected area for 15 minutes if possible. Pain may initially intensify but maintain heat application. Use the elastic wrap to hold the pack in place if necessary, wrapping just tightly enough to maintain skin contact without added pressure. If at any point the skin feels uncomfortably hot to the victim, remove the heat pack or gently place a thin cloth barrier between the pack and skin. Water heated to 110 to 113 degrees F (43.3 to 45 degrees C) may be used in place of the heat pack. Immerse the wound in the heated water or soak towels with the heated water and gently place them on the skin. Heat application should continue for 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes, remove the heat pack and rinse the wound and surrounding skin with the remaining saline solution. Use the provided scraper or a dull-edged object, such as a credit card, to gently scrape away any residual gel. Use provided gauze to clean around the wound. Do not rub the wound.
  7. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to help keep the wound moist and avoid infection.
  8. After 24 hours and if necessary, apply hydrocortisone cream to relieve inflammation.
  9. Always seek medical attention immediately if signs of infection appear following injury, the rash worsens or the rash does not improve within 5 to 7 days.



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FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY. The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. For medical advice, always consult your health care professional.

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