Aug 29, 2016, 7:41 PM
Again, adding to an old posting.
In Scouts in the US, a troop had capsules of liquid tenderizer in the First Aid kit. This was for bee stings.
I could no longer find liquid tenderizer, so bought the salt based powder. I also found it in Mexico as McCormick's Ablandador de Carne. Be careful; other items have the same type bottle.
Ten years ago, I got stung in the bathroom. The little ******* (ahem, aka known as natural child in Mexico) was in the hand towel in the bathroom. My friend is a doctor and he had told me if I got stung come to his clinic immediately because if you are allergic, it can kill you.
First, I made a paste and put on the sting. Then I got my trousers on and started walking to his clinic. By the time I got to the bridge the swelling started to reduce. And, by the time I got to his office, it was gone. He still had me wait the mandatory two hours to be sure I wasn't going to react.
Several months later, I got nailed again by something, felt like an alacran but did not see it in the irrigation canal. I was way up the hill so started making a paste and walking home. Again in a few minutes it went away.
So, I told people about it and there was mixed results.
One day, I thought, and suddenly realized, "It was not the paste. I was also ingesting some each time to clean the stuff off my fingers." My current theory is that when the stuff hits the blood stream the poison is neutralized. It doesn't hurt to make the paste, but it is of limited value.
McCormick ablandador has papaina in it. Papaina comes from the milk of green papayas.
A herb doctor told me that the indigenous people traditionally made a tea of papaya leaves for scorpion stings.
Last week, I encountered a number of tiny ants. Ant bites tend to last many days. I dug out the tenderizer and ingested a modest amount and the paint went away in a few minutes.
Those neighbors who have switched to tenderizer report that all pain goes away in an hour, but when they have gone to the hospital to get the anti-venom the pain lingers for up to a month.
I cannot tell you how much to take. Wet your finger, dip it in the tenderizer, and lick it off. Keep that up every minute or two, and each time drink water with it, until it goes away. I also tell them, however to also start walking to the government clinic just in case.
For me, all pain is gone within 15 minutes, but as a hypoglycemic I eat lots of salt, so I assume I can ingest a lot more salt than the average person.
In the USA, tenderizer used bromelain (sp?) from pineapple and I have not tried it on scorpion stings.
One day I was walking with a cousin and a local tradesman through the woods from a home where he was going to make a steel gate. Some small worms from the trees got on us, and where they walked, it was like small stings. I took the tenderizer out of my basket, which I carry with me everywhere, and rubbed it on his back as a paste from my canteen. and, in seconds the discomfort was gone.
A neighbor woman when her chickens eat a scorpion gives the hen a pinch of tenderizer and so far only one case, it survived. When I have tried it, no luck, they died.