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Jellyfish sting hundreds in Florida: Is urinating on jellyfish sting a remedy?

A swarm of jellyfish came into shore on Florida’s east coast over the weekend and 500 people were stung. These aren’t the big red jellyfish that are easily seen, they are about the size of a silver dollar and clear, making them almost impossible to see, according to Fox News on Aug. 26.

Jellyfish swarm stings over 500 on Florida beaches. Remember in "Friends" when Joey pees on Monica's jellyfish sting? Experts say that makes it worse!
Jellyfish swarm stings over 500 on Florida beaches. Remember in "Friends" when Joey pees on Monica's jellyfish sting? Experts say that makes it worse!Wikimedia Commons/ Friends

There’s no mistaken a jellyfish sting as these tiny creatures pack a painful punch and almost immediately you welt up. Alexis Scheuerman was in the water floating around her boogie board when she felt something wrap around her ankle and the pain was awful she said.

She made a scramble to get out of the water because the stinging was unbearable. She said it was also burning around the area where she was stung. Although the little creatures claimed an estimated 500 victims with their stings this weekend, no serious injuries were reported, just a lot of discomfort, according to the Washington Post.

The jellyfish are most likely on the shoreline because the winds from the ocean storms pushed them in and it doesn’t look as if they’ll be leaving too quickly. The weather pattern is expected to remain conducive to keeping the stinging culprits around.

Is urinating on a jellyfish sting the way to go? Hollywood has made the remedy of urinating on a jellyfish sting the popular buzz, but is this true? It was actually in an episode of “Friends” when at the beach Monica was stung by a jellyfish and to ease her horrific pain she let Joey pee on the sting, but what about in real life?

Scientific America said that peeing on a jellyfish sting as a remedy is fiction. By urinating on a jellyfish sting, you can actually make it worse. Urine can aggravate the jellyfish stingers into releasing even more venom. Next time your at the beach and see someone about to pee on a jellyfish sting either speak up or expect to hear even more moans of pain from the victim!