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for SPB Medical and Dental Offices
Bayfront Convenient Care Clinic
6455 Gulf Blvd. 727-367-5666
Mon-Fri 9-6, Last patient at 5:30, Sat 9-3.
Urgent Family Care
5901 Sun Blvd. Suite 113
Isla del Sol (StPete) 727-867-7910
Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat-Sun 11-2.
- (Listed Closest First)
Palms of Pasadena
1501 Pasadena Ave S
South Pasadena 727-381-1000
All Children's Hospital
501 6th Ave S
St Petersburg 727-898-7451
Edward White Hospital
2323 9th Street N
St Petersburg 727-323-1111
St. Anthony's Hospital
1200 7th Ave N
St Petersburg 727-825-1100
St Petersburg General Hospital
6500 38th Ave N
St Petersburg 727-384-1414
6000 49th Street N
St Petersburg 727-521-4411
Physicians and Dentists
( includes local Veterinary Clinic )
Important Phone Numbers
Telephone directory Assistance
- Dial 411
AAA Auto Club South Road/travel
Service - 727-826-2222
Transportation - 727-540-1800
Visa, Green Card Information - 800-375-5283
Tow Truck - Duffy's 24 Hour Towing - 727-528-8697
- Pack and Mail - 727-360-9008
Energy - 727-443-2641
County Utilities (Water) - 727-464-4000
or Stolen Travelers Checks
Universal Card 800-423-4343
Service Center St. Pete 727-531-0482
St. Petersburg Information 727-893-7111
County Information 727-464-3000
Area CVB 727-464-7200
of Florida Information 850-488-1234
States Federal Info 800-688-9889
Pete Beach Veterinary Clinic
6605 Gulf Blvd. 727-367-0096
Hours: Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat 8-noon.
Bay Vet Emergency Service
Belcher Rd. Ste 1A Largo, Fl
Hospitals - Emergency Rooms - Walk-in
Stingray and Jellyfish First Aid
- Remove all pieces of the barb and immerse the injury in HOT
water (as hot as you can stand) immediately. The water can be
salty or you an add soap. Soak for at least 30 minutes or longer,
replenishing the hot water as needed. It's important to remove
every bit of the stinger because it continues to release venom.
But most important is the hot water because stingray venoms are
composed of heat-labile proteins, meaning that heat alters the
structure of the protein which deactivate it.. So get your foot
in hot water as soon as possible and keep the water hot. If you
get your foot soaking right away, it's surprising how fast the
pain will subside. If you wait too long, it may not do you any
good at all.
- Primary first aid for any jellyfish sting should be to minimize
the number of nematocysts (stingers) discharging into the skin
and to reduce the harmful effects of the venom.
As long as tentacles remain on the skin, they will continue to
discharge venom, so the victim should carefully remove the tentacles
that adhere to the skin by using sand, clothing, towels, seaweed,
a stick or a pair of tweezers. Wear gloves if you have them available.
Apply shaving cream or a paste of baking soda to the area. Then
shave the area with a razor or credit card to remove any adherent
nematocysts. Then reapply vinegar. The shaving cream or paste
prevents nematocysts that have not been activated from releasing
their toxin during removal with the razor.
A variety of substances have been used to reduce the effects of
jellyfish stings. Meat tenderizer, sugar, vinegar, plant juices
and sodium bicarbonate have all been used with varying degrees
of success. Do not use fresh water. Fresh water will cause
the nematocysts to continue to release their toxin. For the same
reason, do not rub the area, do not apply ice or hot water. Methylated
spirits and other forms of alcohol formerly recommended for inhibiting
stinging cells actually stimulate them and may increase pain and
cause severe skin reactions. Picric acid and human urine also
cause a discharge of nematocysts and should not be used.
Victims of serious stings should make every effort to get out
of the water as soon as possible to avoid drowning. If swelling
and pain from more serious stings persist, prompt medical attention
should be sought. Recovery periods can vary from several minutes
to several weeks.
Seek immediate medical treatment if the person stung has:
* Difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, chest pain, or
intense pain at the site of the sting.
* If the person has been stung in the mouth or placed tentacles
in their mouth and are having voice changes, difficulty swallowing,
or swelling of the tongue or lips.
* If the sting happened to someone who is very young or old.
* If the sting involves a large area of the body, the face, or
Eye stings should be rinsed with a commercial saline solution
like Artificial Tears; dab the skin around the eyes with a towel
that has been soaked in vinegar. Do not place vinegar directly
in the eyes. Mouth stings should be treated with 1/4 strength
vinegar. Mix ¼ cup of vinegar with ¾ cup of water. Gargle and
spit out the solution. Do not drink or swallow the solution.