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Do-It-Yourself Home Remedies
Ouch! Jellyfish stings


Jellyfish
Jellyfish stings are caused by self-defensive nematocysts,carried by jellyfish stingers
that may cause pain and itching for days.



Summer's the time for kicking back and enjoying the sun, the sand, and weekends at the shore.

But when jellyfish sting, summer can be anything but a day at the beach.

Get quick relief with home remedies using ingredients direct from the kitchen pantry, medicine cabinet, or by other means (like good ol' natural urine.)

Note: Severe pain, high swelling, breathing problems, or difficulty swallowing are major symptoms that occur in those who suffer from severe allergic reactions to jellyfish stings.

If this is the case, forgo any homemade treatments and SEE A DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY.

Otherwise, help yourself to quick relief from the pain and itching with these quick remedies that many beachgoers swear by. Just remember that rubbing anything into a jellyfish sting will only aggravate the pain and itching, so be gentle.

First try these time-tested remedies to help deactivate the toxin and relieve the pain of jellyfish stings:

  • Vinegar - Sprinkle liberally around the sting with household vinegar to deactivate the nematocysts that are chiefly responsible for the classic pain and itch of jellyfish stings. White distilled vinegar, or apple cider vinegar, seem to work best.

  • Urine - The old wive's tale that sprinkling urine on the wound has been around for years, but remains a highly debatable option among the professional medical community. While research studies have not proven its effectiveness against the pain of jellyfish stings, there's enough anecdotal evidence that says it really works. (And if you're stuck at the beach, it's a lot easier to produce than a bottle of vinegar.)

  • Baking soda - The classic Atlantic shore home remedy said to be especially effective against common stinging nettle jellyfish. Simply mix 3 teaspoons of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of salt water until a thick paste forms, and apply. Mix with salt water only. Fresh water tends to activate the toxins.

  • Aloe vera gel - Known the world over as a natural sunburn remedy, aloe vera has also been shown as effective for jellyfish stings when applied liberally to effected areas to help soothe the itch and aid in healing.

  • Unseasoned meat tenderizer

  • household ammonia

  • lemon or lime juice

  • Pain relievers - Simple aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen will help keep the pain to manageable levels and help you get some sleep.

    Hydrocortisone cream - Quick over-the-counter relief for painful itching and swelling.


These are more home remedies that jellyfish sting sufferers often attest to as safe and effective cures for painful stinging. If nothing else works, try one of these.

After applying your homemade cure, inspect the area around the wound and remove the stingers. Experts say the easiest way to do this is to cover the area with shaving cream and scrape with a safety razor. If you're at the beach, use soft sand and a shell to scrape away the stinging cells.

More about jellyfish stings around the Web:

 

British Marine Life Study Society - Jellyfish Stings - Personal stories and accounts of jellyfish encounters, plus scroll down the page for a variety of suggestions for home remedies.

Old Wives' Tale? Urine as Jellyfish Sting Remedy
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Archived news feature with a discussion on home remedies, removal of stingers, and after care.


also see -> Lyme disease bullseye | Poison ivy itch remedies

Bee sting remedies | Spider bite treatments


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