Myrtle Beach, S.C. in Emergency Room
Emergency Room, 8-23-2001     Myrtle Beach, S.C.  

This photo was taken in the emergency room by treating medical doctor half hour later after contact with a portuguese man-of-war in the.ocean water.  Vinegar packs was first line of treatment to neutralize venom. The white powder is baking soda that paramedics used during ambulance transport.


  Myrtle Beach, S.C. in Emergency Room
Emergency Room, 8-23-2001      Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

The treatments in ER consisted of the following intravenously: morphine (pain), cortisone (tissue) and antihistamine (allergy). The reaction to venom caused my chest to extremely tighten during ambulance transport. 

  Myrtle Beach, SC - Next Day in Hotel room
Myrtle Beach, S.C.  -   The next day

The next day in the hotel room. Follow-up care consisted of warm bath soaks and oral/topical medications
for pain, swelling and infection.

  Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Next Day
Myrtle Beach, S.C.  -   The next day

Length of tentacle on my back: 30 to 38 inches. Tentacles of a portugues man-of-war can reach up
to 30 to 150 feet.

  Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Next Day
Myrtle Beach, S.C.  -   The next day

The left upper arm was very swollen and a lot of pain. This area of my arm and shoulder took significant hit
from portuguse man-of-war.

  Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Next Day
Myrtle Beach, S.C.  -   The next day

From the left upper arm in the previous photo to the right upper arm in this photo, you can see how
long the tentacles of a portuguese man-of-war can be and the danger if your far out in the water.

  Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Seven day later.
Savannah, GA   - Seven days  later.

Continuing with our southern trip, this photo taken in Savannagh, GA is seven days later and still

Final prognosis: pain and soreness alleviated in about 3 weeks.  However, into the second month, periods
of sharp pain would shoot down left and right arm. Upper middle back experienced similar sensations. This
lasted for about 4-6 weeks.

Full recovery was made in about 3-4 months. Minor scaring and skin discoloration in left upper arm and

  Blue Bottle or Portuguese man of war
Portguese man-of-war  - "The Blue Bottle"

The portuguese man-of-war exhibits beautifull colorations: blue or dark pink with other features that are clear. Like a
bottle bobbing in the water, hence it's nick name, the blue bottle. If you seem them washed up along the beach, here is
some advice: don't touch them, you still can be stung.

  Portuguese man-of-war
Found in all ocean waters !!

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