Back in all the friends from that eponymous television show trekked to the beach, only to witness a jellyfish sting Monica. In this episode, Joey remembered seeing a documentary that advised urinating on the sting to ease the pain. Monica agreed to try the treatment and it worked. Unfortunately, in the real world treating a jellyfish sting by urinating on it may actually cause someone in Monica's situation even more pain, rather than relief. Urine can actually aggravate the jellyfish's stingers into releasing more venom.
Jellyfish are almost angelic to watch gliding through the water, but the sting of one of these beautiful sea creatures is not so innocent. Their slimy tentacles can leave a painful mark on our skin. There are several popular methods to relieving the pain of a jellyfish sting, one being to apply urine. However, one UAMS specialist says there is no evidence that this method works.
No, You Shouldn’t Pee on a Jellyfish Sting. Here’s What to Do Instead
Elizabeth Yuko. In an iconic episode of Friends, Monica gets stung by a jellyfish at the beach and Joey informs the group that urinating on the sting will help to relieve the pain. Joey gets stage fright, so Chandler steps up and pees on his future wife, traumatizing the entire group.
Nothing ruins a day at the beach faster than a jellyfish sting. In severe cases, the stings can be life-threatening. And yet, the most common first-aid guidelines not only fail to ease the pain, they can even make the sting worse. In a new research paper , scientists tested different ways of treating jellyfish stings and revealed some surprising finds. Rinsing with seawater, for example, only spreads the sting to a larger area.