As you seek out the sunny rays and sandy beaches this summer, get ready for the danger beneath the waves. No, I’m not talking about rip-tides, sharks, or giant squids. You are far more likely to feel the sting of a common ocean creature when you venture into the waves: the jellyfish. Jellyfish are REALLY hard to see in the water, and they are frequently near the shore, so jellyfish stings tend to happen a lot. Jellyfish stings can be very painful, so keep these jellyfish sting home remedies on hand for your summer trip to the ocean this year. Make a kit for your car or beach bag so that you’re not looking for ingredients AFTER the sting has occurred.
I’ve never been stung by a jellyfish, but my older sister was stung once when we were kids. She was miserable when she came home from her beach trip with her friends. I remeber being so mad at the jellyfish for daring to hurt my big sister! But jellyfish aren’t evil creatures. These are simple invertebrates that use long tentacles full of sting to stun their prey (mostly small fish) or to defend themselves from the big clumsy people who muck about in their homes (i.e. the ocean). Jellyfish can’t move very fast, so it makes sense that they want to warn us that they’re there. Most jellfish stings aren’t dangerous to humans, though small children, sick, or elderly swimmers may have trouble and should seek medical attention.
If you are stung by a jellyfish, don’t panic! Not only will that get you stung even more if you’re thrashing around, but your panic may cause you to drown. Quickly get out of the water and immediately seek medical attention from a life guard or nearby medical professional. If you are unable to get to a medical professional right away, there are some helpful home remedies you can use to ease the pain, redness, and swelling. Don’t try to treat the jellyfish stings yourself with home remedies without seeing a doctor! Complications can occur and you don’t know how you’ll react if you’ve never been sting before.
Jellyfish sting home remedies typically involve human urine (ew!), meat tenderizer, or running fresh water over the stung area. However, some popular Jellyfish sting home remedies are incorrect and can actually make the problem worse!
Jellyfish Sting Remedy Myths
Well first of all, don’t pee on your friends or yourself. Let’s get that out of the way, and I’ll tell you why. The jellyfish is a marine animal that lives in water and has evolved to use water to its advantage. Their stingers use water to help spread their venom, so fresh water, salt water, or pee will only make things worse if you haven’t neutralized the venom first.
Rubbing the affected area or using alcohol is also ineffective and can actually do more damage than good. Here is what you should use to help yourself or your friend if you are stung by a jellyfish.
Cure Jellyfish Stings By Neutralizing the Venom in the Stingers
If you aren’t able to get to a doctor right away for treatment, you can use the following home remedies to neutralize the venom in jellyfish stings.
Baking soda jellyfish sting remedy
Sprinkle liberally onto jellyfish stings to stop pain and neutralize the venom.
Meat Tenderizer jellyfish sting remedy
Sprinkle all over the stung skin to neutralize the venom. Do not leave on skin for more than 10 minutes.
White Vinegar jellyfish sting remedy
Pour all over the jellyfish stings to immediately neutralize the venom.
Removing Jellyfish Stingers
After deactivating the stingers using the above remedies, carefully remove any tentacles that may still be attached to the skin. Make sure to cover your hands with gloves before touching the jellyfish tentacles.
Any jellyfish stingers embedded in the skin should be quickly and gentle removed. This can be done by scraping the edge of a credit card (or something similar) over the affected area to dislodge any jellyfish stingers stuck in the skin.
Use Antihistamines to Stop Pain from Jellyfish Stings
Pain from jellyfish stings can also be treated like bee stings: take an antihistamine like Benadryl or something similar. This will help elliminate the pain if the baking soda or vinegar doesn’t stop the stinging all together.
The most important thing to remember is SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION. These home remedies should NOT be used in the place of advice from a doctor.
And remeber, if your friends get stung by a jellyfish, don’t pee on them. It won’t work. Even if it means you lose out on a funny story later.
The biggest concern with animal bites is both the transmission of disease through the bite and infection that may come from the wound being left untreated. Animal bites – either from wild animals, domestic animals, or pets – should be seen by a doctor. This is especially important if rabies is a possibility as the disease is fatal once symptoms begin to show. However, if you are in a situation where you unable to get to a doctor, there are some natural remedies for animal bites you can use to help prevent infection and alleviate pain.
Use basic first aid to stop the bleeding. Putting consistent pressure on the wound will usually be enough, but more severe wounds may need further attention to stop the blood flow.
Once the bleeding is under control, wash the wound thoroughly with cold water and a mild soap. Clean, cold water is better than nothing but soap will also help to remove any debris and saliva from the wound that can cause infection. Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on an open wound as it will damage the tissue and clean water and soap is equally effective at disinfecting an animal bite.
You can treat the pain and swelling of animal bites naturally by applying a cold compress. Eucalyptus essential oils are natural animal bite remedies that treat both inflammation and pain. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a wet washcloth, fold neatly, and place in the freezer until thoroughly cold. Apply as necessary to any bruising or swelling for instant relief.
Cat bites tend to be particularly prone to infection due to the bacteria in their saliva and from the deep puncture wounds from their teeth. These wounds will typically heal from outside first due to their depth, which sometimes leads to infected abscesses. Make sure to keep the wound clean with cold water and a mild soap. Cover lightly with sterile gauze. Make sure to wash and redress the wound daily and as needed. You can also clean the wound with a saline solution.Read More»