DIY Healthcare: Home Remedies for Common Problems

Can urine help a jellyfish sting? Find out which DIY treatments do -- and don't -- work (12 Photos)

Juhie Bhatia on Aug 31, 2010 at 2:04PM

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Does Pee Really Work for Jellyfish Stings?

Ever since the episode of Friends in which Chandler peed on Monica's jellyfish sting to take away the pain, many beachgoers have considered this to be a surefire remedy. Researchers are less convinced: Some studies agree that it can help, but others don't. A better jellyfish sting treatment? White vinegar. "Urine is renown around beach areas for jellyfish stings, but in reality it's a poor second to plain vinegar. In most studies urine really does not help as much as you often hear--but plain white vinegar does," says Dr. Anderson. He recommends first getting out of the water, removing the stingers and then applying vinegar. If the pain spreads or you develop a rash or other reaction on any area of the body, go to the emergency room immediately.

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