FIRST for Women June 1, 2013
Doctors provide drug-free cures they use to help their own children feel better fast. “We live on an island, so my kids swim in the ocean a lot,” says UTMB’s Dr. Juliet McKee, mother of four. That means McKee has treated more than a few jellyfish stings. Her go-to remedy: unseasoned meat tenderizer. “I keep it in the car, and when my kids get stung, I douse the skin with water, shake a little meat tenderizer on the sting, rub it in and rinse after 15 minutes.” The enzymes in the meat tenderizer break down the jellyfish venom and stop the stinging, explains McKee, who says that her kids feel better almost instantly.