An 18-year-old man presents to the Emergency Department with right leg pain and swelling after swimming at a local beach. He reports swimming in the ocean, whereupon he felt a sharp sting in his right leg. Upon physical examination, there is no gross deformity of the right lower extremity and there is a palpable dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial pulse. There is tenderness to palpation over the lateral calf where many punctuate, erythematous lesions as seen below. You suspect he was stung by a jellyfish. Which of the following is the most appropriate treatment of choice for this patient?
a. Fresh water
b. Vegetable oil
e. Household window cleaner
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