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Simple Cure for Jellyfish Sting

You are at the beach and a jellyfish stings you. Quick what household item should you apply to the wound to stop the stinging?

Fresh water?
Meat tenderizer?
Rubbing alcohol?

To find out which remedy will help

The answer is vinegar! Believe it or not, dousing the injured flesh with vinegar, after removing any stray tentacles, not only alleviates the sting, but also can completely prevent the release of more venom. It is the acid in the vinegar that does the trick. You should know that rinsing a sting with fresh water is a bad idea, because the change in pH between saltwater and fresh water can prompt the release of more venom.

Now if you have the unfortunate luck of being stung by the jellyfish's more dangerous cousin, the Portuguese man-of-war, you might require more than vinegar for a treatment. If you are experiencing muscle pain, shortness of breath, backache and hives, you should seek serious medical attention.


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misslarue misslarue 10 years
Who has vinegar with them at the beach??
EllasMom EllasMom 10 years
I grew up on the beach. I know it's gross, but my parents always kept some chewing tobacco in the beach bag. Soften it up with a little water and stick it on the sting, and it helps right away. I have no idea why, but this worked for me tons of times growing up.
jessiedallas jessiedallas 10 years
they had a Myth Busters on this! Vodka was one of the ones that turned out to work well also...
Daisies Daisies 10 years
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...
lindaloo lindaloo 10 years
I thought that was an episode of Survivor?
juiceejuice juiceejuice 10 years
i got stung once, but only slightly. and i put toothpaste on it, which works also.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
wow - people have gotten stung on here a lot...or rather a lot of people on here have gotten stung. reminds me of the movie "sphere" !!! too creepy.
artfashionmusic7 artfashionmusic7 10 years
you can also pee on urself..right? i saw it on heard it around. :P :D
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
actually, I added the beer one because I heard it works, and you can almost always find someone on the beach with beer haha. Someone above said the pee thing didn't work...ick. I go to hawaii and get stung in the water by...a honey bee. go freaking figure haha.
cristina-rueda cristina-rueda 10 years
Peeing may not sound very appealing but I have heard it works and you are more likely to have that solution on hand faster than the other choices.
KiwiLu KiwiLu 10 years
yay now i know what to do just in case :)
kristyrk kristyrk 10 years
I heard that peeing on a jellyfish sting is supposed to help..
glitzee glitzee 10 years
When I was stung about 10 years ago or so, the lifeguard in Galveston put meat tenderizer on me and it worked fine. It was pretty embarrassing though-- the sting was in my inner thigh area! Luckily I just had it the one time.
Antsa Antsa 10 years
I got it wrong cuz that friends episode! I thought ammonia. LOL!
ktacce ktacce 10 years
this makes me think of the friends where they peed on monica. and also the real world where they peed on DAMN IT i can't remember her name... the annoying dark haired girl. OH Brooke. HAHAHAHAH. oh my.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
this is funny...i grew up playing in Chesapeake Bay tributaries. what a small world that the people who have posted have been stung my jellyfish in the bay haha. know the Jellyfish that have clovers on them? If you cut them into quarters and put them back in the water each section will regenereate and become a whole jellyfish. ick! OH! and fmo what i understand...weawring pantyhose in the water prevent jellyfish stings...they can't get their stingers through the nylon...i have always been to afraid to try though!
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I've never been stung before but it does not sound pleasant.
Sweet-Tea Sweet-Tea 10 years
While growing up on a river off of the Chesapeake Bay and learning to swim/having swim practice in those "sea nettle"/ jellyfish infested waters, I've been stung more times than I can count. I think we learned to be faster swimmers because of those guys. ;-) Lifeguards always had meat tenderizer in their first aid kit and that (plus time) usually did the trick. Cool post, never tried vinegar or beer.
greeneydmonster greeneydmonster 10 years
but everyone thought it was hilarious
greeneydmonster greeneydmonster 10 years
oh man i wish you had posted this a few weeks ago. i went to the chesapeake bay to a friends house for the weekend. after a few beers some of us decided to go night swimming and i got stung. i had to pull the sucker off me by the head (which wont sting you). it hurt so bad, so one of my friends offered to pee on me (like the episode of friends). i was willing to do anything to stop it from stinging so i let him and it didn't help at all!! booo
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
meat tenderizer works too. and so does beer. I haven't been stung before, but grew up on brakish/salt water and many friends have been stung. i had a friend swim face first into a jelly fish. not cool. i'm kind of afraid of them haha. i won't get in water if i see them.
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