Saturday, May 19, 2007

Random Health Fact For the Summer

What is the best way to treat a jelly fish sting?

Perhaps, you have heard of using meat tenderizer or urine to help the sting. Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends you do the following:

First wash off the sting with salt water (fresh water will make sting worse). Then apply vinegar to deactivate the toxin from the jelly fish. If you need to, you can shave or pull on the specs from the sting site. Dr. Oz says that urine can work if you don't have vinegar, but since vinegar is much more acidic, it's the best choice.

Moral of the story: If you are planning a trip to the beach this summer, pack of bottle of vinegar in your bag - just in case!

Planning a camping trip this summer? Here is the quickest and easiest way to remove a tick:

Pluck it off the skin using tweezers. (Do not twist it off because the barbs of the tick go straight into the skin). According to Dr. Oz, the key is to remove the body of the tick because the body is where saliva and blood are stored and how viruses or diseases can be regurgitated and spread by the tick. If the head of the tick gets stuck, the human body will naturally remove it and the tick head can't hurt you. (Of course, you can tweeze the head out like a splinter.)

Moral of the story: Bring tweezers with you on your next camping or hiking trip.

All facts provided by Dr. Mehmet Oz, courtesy of Oprah (show aired May 15, 2007)


In the Trenches of Mommyhood said...

I was actually stung by a jellyfish when I was about 10 years old. Not fun! Ended up in the ER a week later so they could remove the stinger. Yuck.

Houses, Couches and Babies said...

my brother got stung as a kid by a jelly fish and we tried the whole urine approach, which I guess can work, but from now on, I am always bringing vinegar to the beach!

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