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Submitted by on Mon, 06/18/2007 - 4:51pm.

WILMINGTON -- Jelly fish, poison ivy and bee stings -- just a few unavoidable parts of summertime.

People say that they've used everything from meat tenderizer to hot sauce to cure jelly fish stings. With summer fun comes the not so fun parts, to name a few: jelly fish stings, bee stings and poison ivy.

So how are people curing them?

Childcare provider Tammy Pruden said, "Baking soda and water paste for poison ivy..."

People have all kinds of suggestions for those pesky annoyances.

Lifeguards at Wrightsville Beach treat jelly fish stings often. Some pointers for when they're not around:

  • Pour vinegar on the sting to reduce pain
  • Shave the stung area completely to remove the tentacles from your skin
  • Apply ice to the sting to numbs pain and reduce swelling
  • Have a first aid kid nearby

Summer camp coordinator Amanda Cooper recommends taking a first aid class and not solely relying on home remedies.

It takes just a few hours and gives you the medical knowledge you need to tackle these summer problems.

Keeping these remedies in mind will help you make the most of the great outdoors.

Wrightsville beach lifeguard Jeremy Owens says not to worry if you don't have things like vinegar or razors with you at the beach if you get stung by a jelly fish. The lifeguards carry those products with them on the roving four-wheelers, so just flag one of them down.

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