Urine can actually irritate the jellyfish's stingers, causing them to release more poison. This treatment is, in fact, a work of fiction. Jellyfish, those bulbous Medusa-like animals that float along many of the world's beaches, are common. Some of the jellyfish's skin cells, known as cnidocytes, are stinging cells. It is possible for someone to get a sunburn from touching a jellyfish. However, there are no reports of anyone being hurt by a jellyfish attack.
The story about using urine to relieve pain from jellyfish stings comes from Thailand. In this case, the idea came from people who believed that if you drank enough urine, the venom would leave your body faster. Scientists say this is not only useless but could also be harmful because excess amounts of salt in your blood stream could lead to heart problems down the road. Still, others have suggested drinking vinegar instead. It has been reported to reduce the pain from jellyfish stings and may also help prevent allergic reactions to future stings.
Thailand is one of the countries where people collect and drink urine to treat pain. The practice originates in Buddhist beliefs about the afterlife. People believe they are reborn into another life after death. To make sure they will be born into a good life, they must perform good deeds during their current life to balance out any bad ones they might have done in a previous one.
Monica consented to attempt the procedure, and it was successful. Unfortunately, in the real world, urinating on a jellyfish sting may bring more agony than relief for someone in Monica's condition.
The best course of action when faced with a jellyfish sting is usually not to try to remove the stinger but instead try to find something to apply to the area that will help reduce the pain and swelling caused by the bite. There are several things available over-the-counter and some things that you should seek medical attention for immediately if you have been stung by a jellyfish.
Over-the-counter medications such as Aleve or Ibuprofen can help reduce the pain and swelling associated with a jellyfish sting. These products can also be used to treat headaches and arthritis symptoms due to their anti-inflammatory properties. It is important to keep in mind that these products are not cure for anything but they can help with pain management until a doctor can be found to prescribe you a medication that is better suited for your condition.
If you have access to clean water, washing the area around the sting with a dilute solution of saltwater or vinegar can help remove some of the venom from the jellyfish's stinging cells.
No, not at all. Despite what you may have heard, urinating on a jellyfish sting to relieve pain is a hoax. Not only are there no research to back up this theory, but urine may potentially aggravate the sting. Tentacles of jellyfish include stinging cells called nematocysts, which carry venom. The more frequently you go to the bathroom, the more likely it is that you will release these cells and begin a painful reaction.
The best way to avoid being stung by a jellyfish is simply to avoid being in the water if you do not know what species of jellyfish are present in your area. If you are bitten by a jellyfish, seek immediate medical attention to prevent complications such as internal injury due to swallowing of part of the tentacle or death due to systemic effects of the venom.
The idea for relieving pain with urine comes from a time when almost nothing was known about pain management. In the 16th and 17th centuries, doctors believed that urine was good for your health and tried to get people to drink more of it. They told patients who were sick to drink salt water which would cause their urine to become salty. This advice was given even to people who could already smell something wrong with their body. Doctors also told patients to use urine as an antidote for poisoning. For example, if someone was poisoned by a plant called henbane they should be given a dose of horehound in order to clean out their system and restore normal bowel movement. Henbane contains aminophylline which stops your heart from beating too fast. By giving the poisoned person a large dose of horehound we are trying to remove as much of the aminophylline from their system as possible before it has a chance to work.
So doctors were using urine as an antidote even though they didn't know any better. They began to use it as a pain reliever in the late 1700s when they started to learn more about how pain works.
Soak the afflicted region for 15–30 minutes with vinegar (or urine!). NOTE: Do not immerse stings from a Portuguese Man of War (they are not jellyfish but are sometimes misidentified as such) in vinegar (or pee) as this can aggravate the agony. Instead, apply a cold compress to the area or rinse the sting under running water.
These creatures are found in tropical oceans around the world and their tentacles can cause severe pain if they contact you. The spines on the sea urchin's shell are also dangerous and should be removed by a trained professional. However, soaking a sting in urine may help reduce the pain of the spines and shell fragments that remain after they have been removed.
This method is based on studies of arthropod physiology that show that uric acid present in human blood reacts with iron from hemoglobin in injured tissue, preventing further damage and reducing pain. Urine contains many minerals that help create a balanced end product when mixed together, so drinking more water and less beer might just do the trick!
One popular treatment claims that peeing on the stinging region may help, but does it? Our urine can be acidic or alkaline, and the latter can aggravate the sting by promoting the release of additional stinging cells. Freshwater should not be administered on the sting for the same reason.
The old wives' tale about putting salt in your urine to make it less acidic and therefore help with pain is false. The only thing it will do is dehydrate you even more. Your body is very good at balancing its fluids; if you drink enough water, you won't need to pee out any excess.
Also, don't try to squeeze the sting. This may cause you to lose more fluid through your skin, which could further dehydrate you.
Finally, avoid scented toilets. These toilets have a higher chance of developing clogs.
If you do choose to pee on your sting, go ahead and do so immediately after being stung. The acidity of your urine may help prevent the spread of the poison from one area of your body to another. However, if you wait too long, this effect will likely have worn off.
You should also wash your hands after touching any insect bites or stings. This is especially important if you are going to help someone else deal with their own insect bites or stings.