Fire coral

Question:
A quick query regarding Fire Coral. What is the best antidote or treatment for a fire coral burn both immediately after and during healing?
I'm not sure of the particular 'breed' of fire coral, but it was in Barbados at a depth of about 40ft.

Answer:
Fire Coral is one of the many venomous coelenterates, and, together with sea anemones and stinging hydroids, is non-mobile and sting only when touched. However, the stinging is caused by nematocysts, like with all the other venomous coelenterates.
The First Aid measures are similar for all the stings from these animals:1. The victim should be rescued from the water, laid down and reasssured ( in case of serious and very painful stings). Cardiopulmonary resuscitation may be necessary.
2. Rinse the skin with sea water, do not use fresh water, do not apply ice and do not rub the skin. If any part of the animal is still adhering to the skin, it should be irrigated with vinegar and gently lifted off, preferably with tweezers and gloves. Avoid rough handling that may make more nematocysts fire.
3. In case of distressed victims, tranquilizers may be indicated.
4. For Pain Relief. Isopropyl Alcohol has been widely used and recommended, although its use is now considered to possibly trigger the discharge of more nematocysts. Ice paks may releve the pain of milder stings. Soaking with white vinegar is still recommended for pain relief, by many specialists. Local anesthetics, such as preparations containing lignocaine, can be used for effective pain relief. Steroid ointments may be also be used in case of severe itching prior and during healing.
5. Allergic reactions are possible, and should be kept into consideration and treated according to medical directions.
6. Infections during healing are possible, and should be treated with adequate antibiotics, under medical supervision. Remember: in case of infection the use of any topical steroid should be discontinued.