If you need to treat a sting from stinging nettles, there are a number of different things you can do. There are few more enjoyable British traditions than a walk through the countryside. The last thing you want is for this to be ruined by one of nature’s most common weapons.
What’s the best way to treat a sting from stinging nettles?
- Avoid touching: If possible, try not to touch or rub the affected area for 10 minutes. This can be difficult as the pain may be pretty intense for the first few minutes. However, rubbing it will only make it worse. Rubbing will only push the chemical irritants from the plant further into the skin. This will make the pain last longer.
- Wash with soap and water: Use soap and water to clean the affected area. This will remove the chemicals and significantly reduce pain, itching, redness and swelling. Often, washing with soap and water will be enough to remove the pain completely. Of course, sometimes you won’t have any soap or water to hand. In these instances, use a clean cloth to gently clean the affected area.
- Tape it up: Take a strong tape – such as duct tape – and gently wrap it around the affected area. Then, remove the tape. This should remove any fibres that remained on the skin after washing. If this doesn’t work, you can try again with a wax hair remover. Apply the product to the affected area, wait for five minutes, then peel it off.
Of course, there is also the classic method of rubbing dock leaves to relieve the pain. This is something of an old wives’ tale, with little scientific evidence to back it up. However, crushing dock leaves together and rubbing their juice on the stung area has been common practice for years.
Can I make a claim if I suffer a sting from stinging nettles?
This all depends on liability. Stinging nettles are naturally occurring hazards and it’s unrealistic to expect them to be removed from all woods and fields.
Having said that, if they have been allowed to grow in unsuitable areas, such as play parks, then you may have a case.
To know for sure, call Accident Advice Helpline today. Our expert advisors offer a no-obligation consultation to help you decide. For more information, call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice