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Urine on Jellyfish Sting

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Urine on Jellyfish Sting

Jellyfish are stalkers in the sea. These marine creatures are hard to see and range in size from the very small to the freakishly large. They can be purple, blue, white or opaque and more concerning they can also be transparent. More often than not, the victims of jellyfish stings don't even see it coming and are caught completely unaware. Jellyfish stings occur when the flesh comes into contact with the jellyfish tentacles and the skin is then injected with protein-based venom. When you are stung by a jellyfish it is not uncommon to find that there are still many tentacles attached to your skin as they do not just simply fall off after you have been stung.

A jellyfish sting does not release all of its venom in one sting; it will continue to sting you for an extended period of time in bursts rather than one large sting. One thing that shouldn't be done when you find jellyfish tentacles attached to your skin is applying fresh water; instead you should apply heater water if available or salt water if heated water isn't available as using fresh water may actually exacerbate the pain. Naturally the tentacles should only be removed with a gloved hand or a utensil such as tweezers.

When it comes to treating a jellyfish sting there are many methods spoken of, some of these methods are proven and others are nothing more than old wives tales. The one proven method of treating jellyfish stings is the use of vinegar. It is said that you should pour at least two litres of vinegar over the site of the sting over a period of one minute. One important thing to keep in mind is that using vinegar on Portuguese man of war and bluebottle stings will actually worsen the pain and cause 30% of nematocysts to fire. Another commonly considered treatment for jellyfish stings is urine. Urine is primarily made of the waste products of the bodys blood stream and water. This combination contains ammonia which is the reason behind its use being so popular.

The usefulness of urine though will depend on many different things which must be taken into consideration such as the person's medical status such as having diabetes, whether the person is suffering from dehydration or not, the dietary habits of the person as well as many other things. Urine actually contains a high amount of fresh water which is why people who find themselves stranded away from civilisation are able to consume their own urine for survival. Because it is a known fact that the act of using fresh water will more often than not make the jellyfish nematocysts fire, it is logical to conclude that using urine on the stings will also have the same result as urine contains high levels of fresh water. The use of urine on jellyfish stings has been said to not be useful at all and may in fact make the situation worse, it is considered better to use vinegar for treating your stings instead.

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For more information on jellyfish stings please visit our Jellyfish Sting Treatment Section.

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Written by and Sudarsana Sinha.

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