Nothing ruins a day at the beach faster than a jellyfish sting. In severe cases, the stings can be life-threatening. And yet, the most common first-aid guidelines not only fail to ease the pain, they can even make the sting worse. In a new research paper , scientists tested different ways of treating jellyfish stings and revealed some surprising finds.
How To Fix a Jellyfish Sting | Hakai Magazine
The type of jellyfish you'll encounter depends on which ocean you're in and the season, but they're all universally annoying. Jellies in the Atlantic tend not to be as large or poisonous and usually show up when the water is warmest in the summer. Pacific and Indian oceans have scarier ones, like the Box jellyfish and Portuguese Man O' War, which can kill you if you're stung badly enough. You can always do research before you go to the beach to find out if it's jellyfish season and which kind to expect. Remember that episode of Friends where Monica reveals the story of when Chandler had to pee on her leg? But is that really a thing?
Fact or Fiction?: Urinating on a Jellyfish Sting is an Effective Treatment
Ask a seasoned surfer what to do if you get stung by a tropical stinger like a box jellyfish or irukandji and chances are the answer will be along the lines of "wee on it". Is this a gross but effective treatment, or simply a watery myth? We put the question to jellyfish expert Lisa Gershwin.
Back in all the friends from that eponymous television show trekked to the beach, only to witness a jellyfish sting Monica. In this episode, Joey remembered seeing a documentary that advised urinating on the sting to ease the pain. Monica agreed to try the treatment and it worked.