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From jellyfish to sunburn, beach can hurt
Georgetown Times SC ^ | July 29, 2005

Posted on 07/30/2005 6:12:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Tragic water accidents happen quickly. The most common reason for aquatic mishaps is a lack of safety knowledge. Lifeguards recommend the following safety tips:

• Learn to swim
• Swim near a lifeguard
• Never swim alone
• Supervise children closely, even when lifeguards are present
• Don't rely on flotation devices, such as rafts, you may lose them in the water
• If caught in a rip current, swim sideways until free, don't swim against the current's pull
• Alcohol and swimming don't mix
• Protect your head, neck, and spine — don't dive into unfamiliar waters — feet first, first time
• If you are in trouble, call or wave for help
• Follow regulations and lifeguard directions
• Swim parallel to shore if you wish to swim long distances
• No glass containers at the beach — broken glass and bare feet don't mix
• No beach fires except in designated areas — fire residue and superheated sand can severely burn bare feet -- use a barbecue that is elevated off the sand
• Never turn your back to the ocean — you may be swept off coastal bluffs or tide pool areas and into the water by waves that can come without warning

Rip currents

Rip currents are the most threatening natural hazard along the coast. They pull victims away from the beach. The United States Lifesaving Association has found that 80 percent of the rescues effected by ocean lifeguards involve saving those caught in rip currents.

A rip current is a seaward moving current that circulates water back to sea after it is pushed ashore by waves. Each wave accumulates water on shore creating seaward pressure. This pressure is released in an area with the least amount of resistance which is usually the deepest point along the ocean floor. Rip currents also exist in areas where the strength of the waves are weakened by objects such as rock jetties, piers, natural reefs, and even large groups of bathers. Rip currents often look like muddy rivers flowing away from shore.

Rip currents are sometimes mistakenly called "rip tides" or "undertows." These are misnomers. Rip currents are not directly associated with tides and they do not pull people under.

Try to avoid swimming where rip currents are present, but if you become caught in a one, swim parallel to the shore until the pull stops and then swim back to shore. If you are unable to return to the beach, tread water and wave for lifeguard assistance.

Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Rip currents often exist along the side of fixed objects in the water.

Be aware of ocean conditions. Lifeguards are trained to identify potential hazards. Ask a lifeguard about the conditions before entering the water.

If you see someone drowning

• Call 9-1-1 immediately. The National Spa and Pool Institute advises installing a telephone or using a cordless phone in any pool area.
• If the victim is within throwing distance, throw a floatable object to them. This includes a life jacket, kick board or even an empty gallon jug.
• If the victim is within reaching distance, assist them by extending something long, such as a rope, pole, ring bowie or a tree branch.
• If you must enter the water to assist someone, take a flotation device large enough to carry two adults safety, says Jeff Ellis and Associates. Keep the device between you and the person in distress; even a child can put an adult at risk in deep water.

Jellyfish and other beach hazards

Jellyfish can be more harmful than they appear with long, spindly tentacles that can inflict red welts and severe pain. If you should happen to come into unfriendly contact with one, however, here are some remedies to ease your pain, provided by Beebe Medical Center Emergency Department.

• Wash the area with sea water
• Apply vinegar, or if it is unavailable, rubbing alcohol or baking soda
• Remove tentacles with tweezers
• Apply shaving cream and shave area with a butter knife or tongue blade.
• Reapply vinegar and apply cortisone cream
• A physician should be contacted immediately if any of the following symptoms develop: nausea, vomiting, joint pain, headache, shortness of breath or a stumbling gait. Some people rave about the benefits of pressing a fresh slice of papaya on the sting. Welts are supposed to disappear within minutes.

Coping with stings

Bees, hornets and wasps are among the more common stingers in our area and their stings can cause pain, swelling and redness for up to 2 days. Here are some ways to relieve the discomfort. To avoid stings, walk calmly away from insects and avoid wearing perfume or bright yellow clothes when outdoors.
• Drag the stinger and sting sac out of the wound with a needle. As a last resort, a credit card can be used. Do not use tweezers because they could cause more venom to be squeezed out.
• Wash the wound with soap and water and apply cold compresses to reduce the swelling.
• Take an aspirin or Tylenol if you feel continuing discomfort.
• If you experience dizziness or difficulty breathing, get emergency help immediately.

Basic sun safety tips

• Limit outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the summer months. Therefore, play golf, tennis, swim, etc., in the early morning or late afternoon.
• Wear a good pair of sun glasses to ward off the sun from your eyes and some kind of protection -- the looser the better -- on your head.
• Clouds and particulate matter in the air scatter sunlight. Therefore, you may receive a "surprise sunburn" even on a cloudy day.
• Some drugs and cosmetics — Tetacycline, diuretics, major tranquilizers -- may increase susceptibility to sunburn because they contain substances that cause the skin to absorb more of the sun's radiation.

These "photosensitivity reactions" may also be caused by birth control pills. Your physician can advise you about medications that can cause problems in the sun.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: beach; bugbites; bugstings; drowning; jellyfish; ocean; ripcurrents; riptides; safety; sun; swimming; undertow; vacation; water
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Have fun at the beach but make sure everyone knows the dangers.


1 posted on 07/30/2005 6:12:27 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: All
Combat heat-related illnesses

Heat exhaustion is a disabling but not immediately life-threatening condition that occurs when the body becomes dehydrated through excessive sweating. Symptoms include:

• Fatigue;
• Nausea/dizziness;
• Headaches;
• Weakened heartbeat;
• Excessive thirst;
• And fainting.

Though heat exhaustion is not fatal, it can progress into heat stroke if these early warning signs are ignored. Immediate medical treatment (which involves re-hydrating and cooling the body) is necessary.

Heat stroke occurs when sweating cannot cool the body adequately and body temperatures rise to dangerous levels (even up to 106 degrees)--temperatures that can literally cook the brain. Symptoms include:

• Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating);
• Rapid pulse;
• Throbbing headache;
• Fatigue;
• Nausea/dizziness;
• Confusion;
• And unconsciousness.

Heat stroke can be life-threatening if not treated properly. Suspected heat stroke victims should be given emergency medical care immediately.

2 posted on 07/30/2005 6:23:31 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Oh no, is MOMMY on the Internet now?

Can we NEVER escape the mommy-syndrome where we have to be told not to be idiots?
It is insulting to have to listen to this on the news. I can always hear when it's coming -- "Here are a few tips on how to keep safe while....." It ALWAYS follows something like a shark/dog/bear attack, or some such thing.

Sorry, it just annoys me to be treated like a moron.

3 posted on 07/30/2005 6:26:40 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: starfish923

I thought some might have your reaction but there are some good tips and things to watch for.

I did not know the treatment described for jellyfish stings, which I do know are very painful as my young brother suffered when we were children.

Hopefully, one person will read something here that will be helpful.

How lucky you are to already be so informed.


4 posted on 07/30/2005 6:30:42 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Jellyfish. I fear them more than sharks.


5 posted on 07/30/2005 6:31:32 AM PDT by rcocean (Copyright is theft and loved by Hollywood socialists)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
• Avoid being bitten by sharks
6 posted on 07/30/2005 6:34:00 AM PDT by Shawndell Green (Mecca delenda est!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Great article!

I had to chuckle at the "learn to swim" line.


7 posted on 07/30/2005 6:34:21 AM PDT by fivekid ( STOP THE WORLD!!!!! I wanna get off.........)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

By the way I find the articles that You post to be

interesting and informative. Keep up the good work:)


8 posted on 07/30/2005 6:42:16 AM PDT by fivekid ( STOP THE WORLD!!!!! I wanna get off.........)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
How lucky you are to already be so informed.

I learned about jellyfish in 1970, in Matzalan.
There were red flags up on the beach, with jellyfish on them.
That was all that was needed.

I didn't and don't consider that luck. It was the hotels' business to warn the folks.

I don't mean to be deprecating but those with brains will figure it out. Those with none will figure it out after they get stung.
But, perhaps it was a slow day in the news.

Did YOU get stung?

9 posted on 07/30/2005 6:42:50 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Oh yes, when I was a small child we lived in Florida for a few years. I was stung by pieces of jellyfish which you couldn't even see. I can still remember that to this day!!


10 posted on 07/30/2005 6:45:12 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Junebugism: "There is definitely a lot to it that will be understood down the road as it unfolds")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Never mind all the safety stuff. All you need to know is get out the sun when you get hot, dont eat the sand, and don't stare at my wifes boobs. We'll all get along just fine.

11 posted on 07/30/2005 6:46:20 AM PDT by chapin2500
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

JUST kidding......truly.


12 posted on 07/30/2005 6:50:48 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
We got stung a lot by sea nettles (AKA Jellyfish) as kids. That was just part of going swimming.

We had no pools but we had the Potomac and Wicomico to swim in. We always used bottom mud or sand and rubbed it on the sting. Mud was better, although I don't know exactly why.

Nasty critters....

13 posted on 07/30/2005 6:51:37 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
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To: WestCoastGal
I jump into the water and ended up sitting on one last week. OUCH!
An ammonia pen solved the problem immediately.
14 posted on 07/30/2005 6:53:08 AM PDT by lizma
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To: starfish923
No I didn't get stung.

It was on the Gulf Coast near Redington Beach, near where we lived at time.

There was no warning.

At the time, we did find out to have him take a baking soda bath.

The treatment described in this article gives more information.

It is summer my dear and people do read and learn, so I thought it might help them.

I don't regard people as stupid or incapable of learning.
15 posted on 07/30/2005 6:54:07 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is an OUTRAGE. We need to protect the children!

The only logical answer is some "common sense pool-swimming-beach control laws".

/s

16 posted on 07/30/2005 6:56:29 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
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To: chapin2500
and don't stare at my wifes boobs

Well, it she puts them out there, front and center for all the boob-lovers to ogle at, then, what do you expect?

There are swim suits that cover boobs. There are also t-shirts. She has a choice to cover, uncover or, um, accentuate her boobs. It IS her choice.
She just might..... oh, never mind.

Nice photo!
More is burning that the bbq...oh my achin' sunburn!
Legs, medium rare.

17 posted on 07/30/2005 6:56:34 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: lizma

What is a ammonia pen?


18 posted on 07/30/2005 6:56:42 AM PDT by fivekid ( STOP THE WORLD!!!!! I wanna get off.........)
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To: starfish923

You mean it bugs you when the weatherman on the local news tells you to dress warmly or take an umbrella??

But how would we survive without this?


19 posted on 07/30/2005 6:56:59 AM PDT by InsureAmerica (the only free cheese is in a mousetrap)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Joe you must live close to me. I am a 7th District boy too. Got many a sting in my time, Shaking those jellyfish out of a haul seine net is a thrill you wont forget. I find Meat tenderiser works pretty good.


20 posted on 07/30/2005 6:57:38 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: WestCoastGal; Smokin' Joe; lizma

Jellyfish sting

21 posted on 07/30/2005 6:57:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And if the ocean should unexpectedly recede in a big way, run like hell in the opposite direction...


22 posted on 07/30/2005 7:01:04 AM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (Make welfare as hard to get as a building permit)
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To: fivekid
....I had to chuckle at the "learn to swim" line.

I know what you mean.

23 posted on 07/30/2005 7:01:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: chapin2500
****All you need to know is .. don't stare at my wife's boobs. We'll all get along just fine.***

Okay now you did it.
We demand better pictures of your wife's boobs.




Just KIDDING :-)

24 posted on 07/30/2005 7:01:54 AM PDT by Condor51 (Leftists are moral and intellectual parasites - Standing Wolf)
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To: sgtbono2002
I lived in Charles County, MD long ago.

I'm in North Dakota now. I remember clearing them out of haul seines, Phike (sp?) Nets, Gill Nets, and Crabpots.

Miserable critters, especially after someone experimented with some chemicals in Chaptico Bay and wiped out the millfoil which kept them offshore.

Once that vegetation was gone, there was nothing to keep them off the beach (that is a smell I will never forget).

25 posted on 07/30/2005 7:03:05 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (Grant no power to government you would not want your worst enemies to wield against you.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

" fire residue and superheated sand can severely burn bare feet -- use a barbecue that is elevated off the sand"

And the coals stay lit for a very long time too!

I dug a firepit in beach sand and lit a bag of charcoal around 11pm one night and cooked some steaks. Before going to bed I covered up the pit with sand. At 6:00pm the next day I dug out the pit to light a new fire and found live coals from the previous night's bag of charcoal.


26 posted on 07/30/2005 7:06:21 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Mexico, the 51st state.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thanks for the article.  You obviously put a lot of work in it ... very good job!  Hopefully, someone will read something in here that hs/she didn't know, particulary about the rip currents and take precautions.
27 posted on 07/30/2005 7:06:52 AM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: FDNYRHEROES
Yes!! I saw this phenomenon back in the mid 60s as a Florida bay drained a few hours before a hurricane came through.

I think a lot of people were educated recently.


28 posted on 07/30/2005 7:07:24 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Rebelbase

Amazing.


29 posted on 07/30/2005 7:09:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I am a 10th generation Floridian, born and raised in Walton County. There are some beautiful beaches here and when I was a child you could go to the beach and basically be the only one there.

We always preferred to swim in lakes and fortunately they were also plentiful.

Just don't like the combination of salt, sand, and stinging jellyfish.

30 posted on 07/30/2005 7:10:08 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: starfish923
More is burning that the bbq...oh my achin' sunburn! Legs, medium rare.

LOL!

The worst thing that can happen around here is you get bitten by a blue crab

31 posted on 07/30/2005 7:10:08 AM PDT by chapin2500
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To: softwarecreator

Thanks for the compliment but I got it from the Georgetown Times.

I thought it was well written.

Yes, the rip currents are deadly and don't need to be if you know how to swim out of them.


32 posted on 07/30/2005 7:10:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: yarddog

Your beaches have been discovered!

10th generation! That's something.


33 posted on 07/30/2005 7:12:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: starfish923

Kidding accepted.


34 posted on 07/30/2005 7:13:10 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Smokin' Joe

Here in the land of ten thousand taxes we have what

the old timers called burn nettles.. I do not know the

real name of the plant, but nasty as heck. We used railroad

gloves to pull them out, cause if you touched them the

burning,swelling and itching was horrible. They also blend

in very well with other plants and weeds.


35 posted on 07/30/2005 7:13:29 AM PDT by fivekid ( STOP THE WORLD!!!!! I wanna get off.........)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When I was much younger I was briefly caught in a rip current off of Clearwater ... scary.  Total helplessness.  Lucky for me it was a pretty weak one.
36 posted on 07/30/2005 7:13:51 AM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: Condor51
Okay now you did it. We demand better pictures of your wife's boobs.

Use your imagination.


37 posted on 07/30/2005 7:16:45 AM PDT by chapin2500
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
10th generation! That's something.

Actually not that uncommon, or at least wasn't until the last 30 years around here.

38 posted on 07/30/2005 7:16:49 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: InsureAmerica
You mean it bugs you when the weatherman on the local news tells you to dress warmly or take an umbrella??

You consider this information a "safety tip"?
Okaaaay.

And, by the way, for a warm coat or umbrella, all I would really have to do is open a window to find out if it's cold, or look at the raindrops on the window pane to know if I needed an umbrella.
But, then, I DON'T rely on the weatherpeople to know for sure, either. They have been known to be wrong. That doesn't annoy me, either. That is such OLD, OLD news, the weather forecast being wrong, that I take it in stride.

Imagine how we survived without T.V. telling us all this information and warning us about such common sense things. How DID we survive?
Lol. We DID have the old folks to tell us when it was going to rain -- they always felt it in their joints.
And, of course, there was (and still is) always the Farmer's Almanac...you remember, the one with the hole in the upper left hand corner? :o)

39 posted on 07/30/2005 7:17:59 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: softwarecreator

That never happened to me, but I can understand that it would be terrifying.

The worst thing that happened to me was in a stream in Wisconsin. It was a place people went to go tubing and cool off.

I was swimming back upstream underwater and someone jumped off the bank and landed square on my back. It knocked the breath out of me. Luckily I'm a strong swimmer. After I surfaced, it took what seemed like forever to catch my breath.

It made an impression on me and to this day the idea of not being able to breathe is still there, lurking in my mind from time to time.


40 posted on 07/30/2005 7:19:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: chapin2500
ish ish ishhhhhhhhhh!!!!!

Make IT go away!!!!!!
41 posted on 07/30/2005 7:20:41 AM PDT by fivekid ( STOP THE WORLD!!!!! I wanna get off.........)
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To: fivekid

I think you can sign up of on-line classes.


42 posted on 07/30/2005 7:21:47 AM PDT by Eagle Eye (He who dares wins)
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To: chapin2500
Your wife is CHARMING.

I love the pearls.
Are they a gift from you?

43 posted on 07/30/2005 7:22:27 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: fivekid
***...Nettles are covered with tiny, nearly invisible stinging hairs that produce an intense, stinging pain, followed redness and skin irritation. The generic name comes from the Latin word, "uro," which means "I burn."...***

Pictures at this site. You might be able to identify your nettle. Nettles

44 posted on 07/30/2005 7:23:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That info on jellyfish is helpful. I didn't know that, and I am taking my small grandkids to the beach in Florida sometime this month.


45 posted on 07/30/2005 7:29:04 AM PDT by auntyfemenist (Show me your papers...)
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To: chapin2500

Ahhh!


That was wrong.


46 posted on 07/30/2005 7:31:14 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

good article, i forwarded it to some friends


47 posted on 07/30/2005 7:33:11 AM PDT by italianquaker (CONFIRM THE JUDGES BUSH=MANDATE)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Jellyfish sting.


Ouch!

That's going to leave a mark...


Looks like the result of brush with a small Man-O-War.
48 posted on 07/30/2005 7:34:09 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: italianquaker

Good!

Now my work is done for the day.

I'm off to get some work done.


49 posted on 07/30/2005 7:34:40 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: lizma
"I jump into the water and ended up sitting on one last week. OUCH!"

Wow, ouch is right!

I don't know the reason why the one's I encountered were in pieces but I had red spots all over. I don't remember what we put on them, but the items on the list above all sound good. They also work for fire ant bites.

50 posted on 07/30/2005 7:35:06 AM PDT by WestCoastGal (Junebugism: "There is definitely a lot to it that will be understood down the road as it unfolds")
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