Vinegar and Heat Help Ease the Pain from Jellyfish Stings

Here’s exactly what to do if you get stung by a jellyfish Jellyfish sting treatment should include vinegar, hot water, and possibly a trip to the ERUpdated: 2:21 PM EDT Jun 19, 2018 Rose Minutaglio  Features Editor Been stung by a jellyfish? It’s more common than you might think: USA Today recently reported that more than 600 people were treated for jellyfish stings in Central Florida on a single weekend. The good news is that while they can be painful, jellyfish stings are very rarely life-threatening, and they’re easily treatable. Depending on the kind that stings you, most pain typically peaks five minutes after the sting occurs and dies down within a few hours. Generally, it won’t last longer than 24 hours. There are a lot of myths on what to do in the aftermath of a sting, but here’s what to do — and what definitely not to do — in case a jellyfish gets you. Get out of the water If you’ve been stung, return to dry land as soon as possible to avoid getting stung again. Don’t rinse off the affected area with drinking water It could increase the pain. The nematocysts in the cells that cause the sting will actually release more venom and cause more pain. First, rinse with saltwater and try not touch the affected area with your bare hands. Urinating on the sting does nothing The origins of the urination-theory are unknown, but it was popularized by a “Friends” episode where Chandler “helps” Monica. Don’t believe everything you see on television though, because “it’s a total myth,” Ted Szymanski, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, an assistant professor of emergency medicine with the Mayo Clinic said. “There’s no truth to it.” Do use vinegar Szymanski suggests dousing the infected area with vinegar or acetic acid to immediately relieve pain. Shaving cream might work, too If you don’t have vinegar handy, shaving cream may also relieve pain, Syzmanski says. “If you put shaving cream on, it keeps nematocysts intact and they don’t rupture. You can wipe it off.” Heat is key In a set of guidelines provided to Prevention, the Red Cross recommends removing remaining tentacles with a “blunt object.” After rinsing the area with sea water, apply hot water or a hot pack “as hot as the patient can tolerate for 20 minutes” or until pain is relieved. Seek help for worsening symptoms Jellyfish-sting injuries are generally confined to irritation, burning and stinging sensations on the affected area....

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History of StingMate

StingMate® First Aid Gel for neutralizing jellyfish stings is an idea developed from a brief encounter one evening while on vacation in Destin, Fla. While shopping, Julie and Webb Willmott realized the need for treatment and public education about first aid for jellyfish stings so they created StingMate®. Webb, a long time award winning pharmacist, was picking up a few items in a Destin pharmacy when a frantic customer asked him if he thought Preparation-H could be used to treat his wife’s jellyfish sting. Webb was quick to point out the most effective treatment option included vinegar. After this chance meeting, the Willmott’s had the vision of necessity and began extensive research in their quest to find a first aid solution for jellyfish stings. Julie and Webb, health care providers, quickly discovered myths, confusion and uncertainty over jellyfish stings and, most importantly, the absence of any first aid products associated with a jelly sting. Their goal was to develop a product that would give the millions of beach goer’s peace of mind while on vacation at resort and public beaches surrounding this country. StingMate®.neutralizing gel contains specific levels of acetic acid and menthol which works by inactivating stinging cells called nematocysts. The menthol provides a cooling sensation for lasting relief. StingMate®. will be available in 4oz bottles which can provide relief for the affected area, small or large, since the patented gel does not run off the body as would plain vinegar. Stingmate®. is much more convenient and practical than bringing a gallon of vinegar on your beach outing. The gel suspends the stinging cells and allows remaining ones to be simply scraped off the skin with any straight edge card. Despite the public perception including myths, pain, fear and confusion over how best to treat jelly stings, StingMate® tested a number of volunteers at a Pacific Coast aquarium jellyfish controlled research facility. Each volunteer had a 10 inch Pacific Coast Sea Nettle Jellyfish placed across the soft tissue inside their forearms to provide the worst sting scenario. The results provided pain relief within minutes and, after two hours of the intentional sting, 80% of the volunteers had no indication of a sting while 20% had complete pain relief but minor redness still visible. Please see photos documenting our testing on our website, www.stingmate.com. So, no need to worry about returning to your favorite beach where jelly fish can...

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Lidocaine Free

Lidocaine Free StingMate® is a LIDOCAINE FREE product and meets all FDA approved OTC guidelines as safe therefore, we have all the necessary MSDS documents and efficacy letters available. (Please note the latest FDA public health advisory regarding lidocaine application… here) Our company would like to introduce you to our product, StingMate®, which has proven effective in the field since the gel release July 2008. Before we released, we tested our product under the watchful eye of acclaimed jellyfish authority and marine biologist, Chad Widmer (www.jellykeeping.com) at a world renowned Pacific Coast Aquarium. StingMate® neutralizing gel is lidocaine free and contains specific levels of acetic acid and menthol which work by inactivating stinging cells called nematocysts. The menthol provides a cooling sensation for lasting relief for the affected area, small or large, since the patented gel does not run off the body as would plain vinegar. StingMate® is much more convenient and practical than bringing a gallon of vinegar on your beach outing. The gel suspends the stinging cells and allows remaining ones to be simply scraped off the skin with any straight edge card. We at StingMate® chose not to have lidocaine as an active ingredient for a number of reasons, the most important of which is the potential danger of lidocaine causing shock in women and children. Here’s the latest FDA warning: link Despite the public perception including myths, pain, fear and confusion over how best to treat jelly stings, StingMate® tested a number of volunteers at a Pacific Coast aquarium jellyfish controlled research facility. Each volunteer had a 10 inch Pacific Coast Sea Nettle Jellyfish placed across the soft tissue inside their forearms to provide the worst sting scenario. StingMate® has proven successful in several International and U.S. locations where reports from professionals like Delray Ocean Rescue who are testing for effectiveness. Miami Beach and Rescue has reported excellent results. Galveston Beach and Rescue was using Stingmate® prior to being decimated by a hurricane. We are in use by beach and safety organizations like Hollywood Beach Safety, Cocoa Beach, Okaloosa Island Fire Dept., the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, as well as in Australia, L.A. Harbor, San Diego EMT Beach Patrol El Toro Beach, Myrtle Beach Patrol, Destin, Pensacola, Corpus Christi, New Zealand, South Africa, Honduras, Costa Rico, Belize, Mexico, South America and on to gather as much straight forward results we can provide the public and scientific...

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