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Home remedies don't help jelly fish stings

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When it comes to home remedies, there is a lot out there.  It is hard to say what is really effective and what is not.  Now, there's a new study that is shedding some light on what to do, and what not to do, if you are ever stung by a jellyfish.  A paper published in the Annals of Emergency medicine says putting vinegar, alcohol, meat tenderizer or even urine on the sting may not be the way to go. 

So what does work?  The study says your best bet is to put hot water or lidocaine on the wound. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic.  If you don't have any of that on hand, researchers say saltwater will also do the trick.  That should be easily accessible if you were stung at the beach.