Summer Health Myths: Pee on a Jellyfish Sting? Base Tan Protects Skin?


Dr Oz: Summer Health Myths

To help bust some of the most common summer health myths, Dr Oz turned to someone you might expect to see at the pool or beach: a lifeguard. Tom O’Neill, first place winner in the National Lifeguard Surf Race, joined Dr Oz to help clear up some things you have probably heard about.

Dr Oz Myths: Wait 30 Minutes After Eating To Swim?

Dr Oz said the biggest myth of the summer is: Wait 30 minutes after eating before going swimming. Tom said that mothers and grandmothers have been passing down this old wives’ tale for generations. This is false, so don’t worry about it. It’s fine to swim right after lunch, and the worst thing that could happen is a leg cramp.


Dr Oz Myths: Pee on a Jellyfish Sting?

Summer Health Myths: Pee on a Jellyfish Sting? Base Tan Protects Skin?

Dr Oz revealed the truth behind some of the most pervasive summer health myths, covering everything from swimming after eating to jellyfish stings. (didbygraham / flickr)

Audience member Denise joined Dr Oz to talk about whether you should pee on a jellyfish sting. Denise recalled vacationing in Mexico with her husband when she got stung. Her husband learned from a sitcom rerun that you should pee on a jellyfish sting. Her husband tried to do that, “and it did not work at all,” Denise said. “It even burned even more.”

Dr Oz was glad to hear that Denise has since gotten revenge on her husband, because this is another myth. Tom the lifeguard showed off a jellyfish sting scar he has on his arm. But the right thing to do for a jellyfish sting is get out of the water.


Use warm salt water to wash the affected area and use a plastic card like a credit card to remove the jellyfish if it is still hanging on. Avoid using tap water if possible. Salt water is your best bet to deactivate the stinging feeling in your skin cells.

Dr Oz Myths: Ice Cream Brain Freeze?

Do you get brain freeze after eating ice cream too fast? Natasha Case, the CEO and founder of Coolhaus, said this one is actually a fact. Harvard research has proved that the effects are real.

Why? When the cold sensation hits your tongue, its blood vessels expand, sending the brain a message that you are in pain. No one wants to be in pain while having ice cream. To prevent this, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth to help you warm it back up.

Dr Oz Myths: Throw Out Sunscreen Every Year?

Each summer, you probably go to the store and stock up on sunscreen. But is it okay to use the bottle that is left over from last year? Dermatologist Dr Debra Wattenberg said that an expiration date should be printed right on the bottle. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of two or three years, so hang on to that bottle and save yourself some money.

“Be sure that you store your sunscreen in a safe environment,” Dr Wattenberg said. A cool, dark environment is best.

She also noted that it should take about a shot glass of sunscreen to cover your body, which means you may not be using nearly enough. Those bottles should not be lasting too long after all. Apply sunscreen in a thick layer at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun.

Dr Oz Myths: Base Tan Protects Skin from Sunburn?

Some people swear by the base tan as a way of preventing sunburns. But “there is no such thing as a healthy base tan,” according to Dr Wattenberg. This may give you a false sense of security, but it should not stop you from putting on plenty of sunscreen. Otherwise, you could easily destroy your skin, sometimes without even realizing it. You could be putting yourself at a higher risk for Skin Cancer, Wrinkles, and signs of Aging.

Dr Oz Myths: Sweet Blood Attracts Insects?

A woman and her husband wanted to ask Dr Oz about another summer myth: is it true that sweet blood attracts more bug bites? She says she is frequently bitten, but her husband is not. Her husband told her that’s because she is sweet. Is there more than just flattery to this concept?

Dr Oz explained that it’s a myth that insects are attracted to sweet blood. Instead, they could be attracted to your body odor. Perfume actually attracts mosquitoes, so avoid that if you’re going to be spending the day outside. Other scents like mint and cheese could pull them in as well.

Dr Oz: Use Grapes To Fend Off Mosquitoes

There is something you can use to repel mosquitoes. The solution is Grapes. Eat them at your picnic or just have them around when you are sitting outdoors. Sadly, Dr Oz noted that wine will not have the same effect.

Did you learn something new about summer myths thanks to Dr Oz?


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