Life skills: What to do if you're stung by a jellyfish

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Put that away, peeing on it is not the answer…

Jellyfish

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The British Red Cross have issued guidelines on what to do if you get stuck by a jellyfish, after there have been increasing numbers spotted along the British coastline.

According to the Marine Conservation Society, the growing presence of the stinging sea creatures have been brought over by the warm weather.

However if you're heading off for one last weekend of summer, think before you pee if someone gets stung, as far from helping, peeing on someone can actually do more harm than good.

A blog post on the Red Cross' website reads, 'The hoary old myth that urinating on jellyfish stings lessens the pain is still surprisingly popular in the UK, despite medically making no sense at all. (Really, think about it. It's like saying you should vomit on someone with German measles.)'

Urine contains properties that can be react with the stinging cells that inject venom into the skin – meaning not only are you humiliating your mate by peeing on them in public, you are making the pain worse.

So what should you do?

Get out of the water immediately and then slowly pour some seawater on the sting to lessen the pain. Then send someone to the nearest fish and chip shop to beg some vinegar as the acid helps neutralise the sting.

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