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#240545 06/13/07 04:26 PM
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Can someone tell me: what is that stuff that 'stings' your skin AFTER you get out of the water? I remember coming into contact with some brownish moss-like stuff on rocks (slipped and sat on it, actually) and when I got out of the water, my butt got red welts: burned and stung for a couple days. Everyone vastly amused (except me) and recommended that I place a cold bottle of Beliken on the welts, while drinking another bottle of same with other hand. But seriously, what was it that stung? Is there a better remedy for stopping the stings? Cynth


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Rzab #240555 06/13/07 05:10 PM
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sounds like a hydroid of some sort - usually located on pier pilings, rocks etc.

A similar stinger is the pica pica which you can search on this board and find oodles of info on.

In any case, I would suggest exposing the afflicated area at all times!!! Ohhh your bum - maybe you shouldn't flash too much.

Ammonia or windex can relieve the stinging. Then you can use an oral anti-histamine to help relieve the itching and help you sleep at night.

You can use an insect bite topical ointment too.

Depending on your reaction it could clear within a few days or it could be miserable for up to a month or so. If it doesn't clear in a few days you might need to take a course of prednisone (bad spelling perhaps.)

If you have a severe reaction that is causing difficulty in breathing you might need an antihistamine and steroid shot.

The belikin consumption should help with the itching too!

Amanda Syme #240568 06/13/07 07:02 PM
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For stinging coral and jellyfish, I use vinegar. You might want to try that. Follow up with hydrocortisone cream. Works for me.

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Sounds bad (and stupid) but I'm serious, put on a full wet suit, pee in it and then do cartwheels!

SimonB #240587 06/14/07 07:33 AM
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Or just use ammonia out of a bottle instead of out of your bladder.

SimonB #240589 06/14/07 08:15 AM
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Do it Simon's way and you're likely to end up on You-tube for the entertainment of the masses!! eek


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KC Jayhawk #240595 06/14/07 08:58 AM
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KC Jayhawk #240597 06/14/07 09:07 AM
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While on vacation in Mexico, the "hotel beach boys" intruduced us to a can of WD40, and told us that ammonia would work too. Sounds strange, but WD40 worked.
When we were in Cancun my daughter was stung by something? she was only six, we gave her a Strawberry "smoothie" to help her relax and we used a topical the pharmacy sold......Ok I had a strawberry "smoothie" to help me relax too : )
So try the WD40 and some rum punch!

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could also be fire coral, which dosnt seem like a coral at all, it grows on other things, like the cement pillars that are underwater at the split and the walls etc. To be safe stay away from anything that has a rust color to it.


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Thanks, everyone! You guys are wonderful. Cooper (aren't you the artist?) I think you're right:it is the stuff they call 'fire coral' which isn't a real coral at all, just like you said. Looked it up and I think it's a hydroid. ANYWAY, it hurt. But is was a brownish rust color, and soft like a moss or plant.

So I'm trying really hard to come back to CC for a vacation -- it's been a long time. But if I do accidently sit on that fire coral again,I certainly will:

Expose my butt, spray on windex, ammonia, vinegar and WD40 while doing cartwheels, pee into a wetsuit and drink strawberry smoothies loaded with rum punch, topping it off with Belikins. By that time I won't care about a few stings!

Seriously though, you did give good advice, and I thank you for it! Cynth



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