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Question #190 posted on 08/07/2003 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Does peeing on a jellyfish sting really help to ease the pain?
- honeymooner in mexico

A: Dear honeymooner,
First of all, if you are in need of medical help from a jellyfish sting, call 911, not the 100 hour board. But if this is just a hypothetical situation question, then by all means.

If you are stung by a jellyfish, you need to remove any adherent tentacles that can deliver more venom. Once they're lifted off the skin, you need to wash away any remaining nematocysts. Usually this is done with sea water. After they are washed away, the nematocysts will need to be inactivated by using vinegar. However, if no vinegar is available, human urine can be used as a substitute for vinegar, or dilute acetic acid 5-10%. It is recommended that you use a man's urine rather than a woman's, because females are more prone to occult urinary tract infections, thus introducing bacteria.
- Scouting the internet about jellyfish