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 Post subject: Aquatic: Blue bottle
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2007 7:47 am 
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The thing that makes the "eina".

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relief for the eina

swab the bite area with petrol (gasoline)

also works for scorpion , spider etc . not too sure about snakebite tho' but if thats all you got give it a try .

apparently petrol is an alchaloid (sic) which neutralizes toxins


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Blue Bottle Jellyfish, also called Portuguese Man of War(Physalia utriculus)

This jellyfish is actually made up of zooids. It is not a single organism, but made up of a number of zooids. Each zooid has a specific role and together they function as if it were an animal. For example a number of zooids will make up the stinging tentacles, others will make up the feeding tentacles, etcetera.

The blue bottle feeds on small fish and other small ocean creatures. They envelope their prey with their tentacles, where a poison is released thus paralysing its prey before being consumed. The tentacles adhere extremely well to their prey. If a tentacle is put under the microscope you will see that it looks like a long string of barbed hooks, which explains the ability of the tentacle to attach. The tentacles contain poison and it is best to wash the area without touching. A cold pack should be used to relieve the pain.
The tentacles lenght ranges from 15 cm to a whopping 10 meters, while the body is only 3 to 15 centimeters.

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DuQues wrote:
A cold pack should be used to relieve the pain.


As in six pack :D

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Or , as in a pack of ice for scotch on the rocks :lol: to "relieve the pain" .


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Plain brown vinegar works really well too ;) Speaking from very recent experience...


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diannet wrote:
Plain brown vinegar works really well too ;) Speaking from very recent experience...


This might sound terrible but urine works well - think it is the ammonia that is released, meat tenderiser has also been known to work but have not expeienced that. Aloe gel also works well. Aloe works well on most burns,bites and stings. We always travel with a tube in SO's bag.

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diannet wrote:
Plain brown vinegar works really well too ;) Speaking from very recent experience...


That used to be our "relieve" as well ...

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 Post subject: Blue bottle and other Marine stingers
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I would not advise the use of hydrocarbon fuels for use on human body.Rather put in scooter tank !
Petrol contains substances that could aggravate the irritaion on a sensitive skin.
It could also go "woof" by accident. Then you could have a real burn.
Internationally diving medics advocate the use of vinegar to denaturise the protein venom produced by these little blue fiends.
For Blue bottle the ideal situation is to locate the string of stingers where it is in contact with the skin. Use a clean dry cloth or similar thing to carefully remove the "thread".
Irrigate the affected area with vinegar.
If you do not have lots of the stuff you can soak a clean gauze pad in vinegar and put it on the site.
Relief is usually rapid.
Some people react badly to the stings. Keep an eye open for allergic reactions.

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Thanks Seahorse! Now just to remain calm while looking for that dry cloth... :wink:

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I've found that the solution to a problem is normally close @ hand to the problem itself.

A little girl was stung very badly all over her lil body by blue bottles in Balito a good few years ago. I remembered reading about "Vygies" aka family of Aizoaceae(the bigger banana-shaped fingers)as a relief from the sting. As I basically grew up with the stuff and learning from my dad(who as pigeon breeder used it for all kinds of cure for the birds) about its uses, I quickly found some on the ground up the higher areas from the beach where they occur naturally almost on every beach along our coastline and grabbed a handful before running down to the scene.

Her parents were quite young too and obviously stunned by shock. I gave them the plants and told them to give it a try. They did and amazingly it had a near immediate effect. Even I was surprised!

I told them to get her to a pharmacist regardless to maybe just check it out and if neccessary prescribe her something.

The immediate relief it brought to the young girl was more then enough reward for me. But hellz bellz did I impress my girlfriend back then. :lol: :lol: :twisted:


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I also heard that urine works WTM, but I don't think piddling all over a little kid would impress any girlfriend or ouvrou (wife).

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 Post subject: Vygies
Unread postPosted: Thu May 31, 2007 7:18 pm 
You are absolutely right, WTM.

These little succulent creepers occur on most SA beach dunes and the effect is perfect.

They look like a series of green upright "fingers", with triangular aspects if you look at the "leaves" from the top.

They break and crush easily, and sometimes have little pink flowers.


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