Friends don’t pee on friends: how to treat jellyfish stings

first_img Kia Telluride Is the Perfect Road Tripper for All Two- and Four-Legged Friends Being stung by a jellyfish can be a fairly painful experience. While only a handful of species are deadly, there are thousands of others drifting about the oceans capable of delivering a pretty nasty sting. As is the case when administering first-aid in most emergency situations, the faster you treat a jellyfish sting the better. Using these helpful tips on how to treat jellyfish stings, you ought to be able to limit both the severity of the initial symptoms as well as the lingering side effects.Related: Trail First-AidThe pain from a jellyfish sting is often instantaneous. In true fight or flight fashion, most people react to a jellyfish sting by attempting to remove themselves from the situation immediately. Panicking however may only make matters worse. Once stung, the best thing to do is to remain calm.By simply heading for shore you may be putting yourself at risk of more stings from other jellyfish or swimming into other tentacles from the same jellyfish. First, look to identify the location of the jellyfish. This is not always possible as some species are exceptionally small and nearly translucent.Note: If this is a sting from a Box jellyfish or a Man o’ War, seek medical attention immediately. An anti-venom is necessary to prevent injury and/or death.The next step is to remove any tentacles or nematocysts (these are the microscopic barbs on the tentacles themselves) from the affected area. Do not use your bare hand to do so. Using an ID card, the backside of a knife, or any other flat surface gently wipe over the sting and surrounding area. This will prevent further injury.Thanks in part to Friends, the vast majority of people believe the next step is to neutralize the sting by either personally urinating on the sting, or having a dear comrade do so. The idea being, the ammonia in the urine will actually help neutralize the sting. This is wildly incorrect. This approach will only leave you soaked in urine and potentially in even more pain for no real reason. Urine can actually trigger the embedded stingers to release even more venom, so — for a bevy of reasons — just don’t.Instead, rinse the area thoroughly with salt water–this is what will be predominantly within the individual stings themselves and will prevent any unnecessary pH fluctuations.Once the area is neutralized, the best solution for treating jellyfish stings is vinegar. Just rinse the area with vinegar directly, repeating this process as needed. Do not rub the vinegar into the wound. Scratching and rubbing will only increase the risk of more venom being released.Related: 7 Beach EssentialsTo treat stings around the eyes, pour vinegar onto a damp towel and dab the stings gently, avoiding contact with the eyes. Afterward, soak the area in hot water for approximately 30 minutes. If the area cannot be soaked, take a hot shower with the faucet aimed directly at the sting.Next cover the sting in an antibiotic cream and apply a bandage. These bandages will need to be changed throughout the day. Ice packs, antihistamines, hydrocortisone creams, aloe, and pain killers can be used to treat continuing discomfort and inflammation. Other popular topological treatments include meat tenderizer, ethanol, and gasoline although none of these have been scientifically verified.In the event you or a friend run into a bloom jellyfish you’ll know exactly what to do. And fortunately, this in no way involves spritzing anyone in urine.Photo Credits: Feature, Rick Sargeant via 123rf.com/profile_Sgtphoto, Sting image, Thomas Quine via Flickr How to Identify, Treat, and Survive a Spider Bite Editors’ Recommendations Beers, Shots, and Friends: Why Everyone Needs a Dive Bar in Their Life What to Do When Your Friend Comes Out to You How to Treat a Snake Bite When You’re Stuck in a Worst-Case Scenario last_img read more

Canadian economy headed in right direction as exports provide welcome boost

OTTAWA – Canadian exports to foreign markets surged by a surprisingly robust 3.5 per cent in May, narrowing the country’s trade deficit and setting the economy on a more sustainable growth path.For contribution to economic output, the Statistics Canada report was even more encouraging as volumes increased by an even bigger 4.2 per cent, as price drops shaved 0.7 per cent from the value of shipments.The May data on one of Canada’s most important economic indicators was stronger than economists’ consensus forecast, but in line with what analysts had been anticipating would be the next stage of Canada’s economic recovery, with exports and business investment replacing housing as drivers of growth.Imports also rose in May, although by a smaller 1.6 per cent, bringing Canada’s trade deficit to a slim $152 million from an upwardly revised $961 million in April.“The export-driven recovery in the trade balance in May supports our expectation that net trade will provide a lift to growth in the second quarter even after accounting for the unexpectedly large deficit recorded in April,” said Dawn Desjardins, assistant chief economist with the Royal Bank, in a note to clients.“Additionally, the increases in imports were in part due to higher equipment purchases that likely signal a strengthening in investment growth,” she said.With the housing market and construction slowing, the Bank of Canada has been counting on an export recovery to boost business confidence and convince firms they need to invest in new equipment and machinery to expand production capacity.On that front, there was more good news from the U.S. — Canadian exporters’ largest market by far — with the American economy creating 288,000 new jobs in June, and trade and manufacturing reports also posting positive results.“Economists, ourselves included, have been bemoaning the lack of export-led growth in Canada,” said TD Bank economist Leslie Preston.“However, Canada’s trade position has been steadily improving since its post-recession low in mid-2012 (and we) expect Canada’s export sector to continue to accelerate through the second half of the year in line with the U.S. economy.”He noted that Canada’s exports are now 12.7 per cent higher than a year ago, a pace that hasn’t been seen since the end of 2011.The May trade data was strong in the composition as well as the bottom line, with a key contribution from the auto industries (plus 9.8 per cent) as well as the usually reliable energy sector, which rose 3.4 per cent.As well, exports in consumer goods rose 4.4 per cent, and food products rose 10.5 per cent.Overall, export values rose to $44.2 billion in May, while imports increased to $44.3 billion.Exports to the United States rose 2.1 per cent $33.5 billion, while imports slipped 0.2 per cent to $28.7 billion, raising the trade surplus with the U.S. to $4.8 billion from $4 billion in April.Exports to countries other than the United States grew 8.3 per cent to $10.7 billion, while imports from those countries rose 5.1 per cent to $15.6 billion, narrow that trade deficit to $4.9 billion from $5 billion in April. Canadian economy headed in right direction as exports provide welcome boost AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2014 6:44 am MDT read more