Been planning to crash in with the waves but afraid of getting jellyfish stings and be treated with some folklore?
Worry no more! You can now trash these myths away.
Applying vinegar to the affected sting.
There are inconsistent accounts on treating jellyfish sting with vinegar. Although a quite popular solution, researches from popular medical institutions say that vinegar cannot guarantee treatment of jellyfish stings, but can even make the situation worse! The venom from the nematocysts (sacs covering the tentacles) can spread out easily from the painful to a now life-threatening sting. Though this household staple may have a variety of benefits, it may still not be the miracle cure for jellyfish stings.
Treating jellyfish stings with urine.
Now, who would want to be peed on? This unhygienic method probably came from a folktale or from a popular yet unreliable documentary. But just like vinegar, urine only offers more pain than relief. Worse is it can even cause itching, burning sensations, rashes, and other skin discomfort. Who would even believe this myth?
Applying freshwater to the area affected by jellyfish stings
Freshwater has a different – if not opposite – solution to saltwater which can worsen the situation, too. When freshwater is applied, it makes the nematocysts to continue to release their venom and spread out only to aggravate the pain.
Using meat tenderizer to deactivate stingers.
There aren’t any researches that meat tenderizers can deactivate stingers and stop the spread out of the venom. Now, would you try something you’re not actually sure it works?
Yes, it may be effective to diminish the discomfort associated with the sting, but its only a temporary relief. Since most of these meat tenderizers contain an element called papain which is known to break down proteins, it should be a caution not to leave it too long on the skin. It can just cause more irritating reaction especially for those with sensitive skin.
Although the usual folk have these methods in treating jellyfish stings, you cannot really rely on with just myths. So go with something that is scientifically tested and proven.
What Do Professionals Say?
Dr. T. Glenn Pait, a University of Arkansas of Medical Sciences (UAMS) specialist, says that there are no evidences that these kind of methods work in treating jellyfish sting. There are only inconsistent accounts about these.
Prevention is Better than Cure
Now that you know that these popular methods of relieving pain from jellyfish stings are too good to be true, start learning about the tested and proven way.
Start learning about Safe Sea.
- Safe Sea sunscreen is clinically tried and tested at universities and hospitals.
- Safe Sea has SPF 95 and protects you from UVB/UVA.
- Safe Sea doesn’t only work as a sunscreen, but also protection from jellyfish stings. Safe Sea deactivates and prevents the stingers.
- Safe Sea is organic, paraben-free, perfume-free, and preservative free. It is suitable for sensitive skin types too!
You can now crash in with the waves without worrying about jellyfish stings.
Why take the risk?