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Nettle stings

ben@31[email protected] Posts: 2,322
edited December 2014 in MTB beginners
I was going down a trail earlier today and ended up in some nettle bushes... twice.

Annoyingly they seemed to grow by gates and have overgrown into the track, so I couldn't avoid them.

My leg still hurts now.

Is there any remedy to get rid of the sting?
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  • I don't notice them at the time - only when I've stopped pedalling.
    So I just keep pedalling.
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  • I fell into a nettle/thorn bush once, was picking tiny thorns out of my arm for a few days - was awesome, finally had something interesting to do at work!
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    Man up and get used to it.
  • shindigshindig Posts: 173
    Rub them with docked leaves. wheres there's nettles there are usually dockens
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    I find the tingling quite erotic.
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  • You'll get used/immune to them in time. Only time to worry is when you can't see the trail any more and you come out the other side with your bike wearing a ghillie suit
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  • sniper68sniper68 Posts: 2,899
    Wherever there's nettles there's Dock leaves.Dock leaves neutralise the sting.Thy look like this:-
    dock_leaves1.jpg
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,747
    The end of the spines on the nettles produce an acid, doc leaves contain an Alkali, but you do have to rub it in quite aggressively or the juice from the crushed doc leave won't get into where the nettle left it's acid, if you don't crush and rub aggressively it's just a placebo!
  • snowstersnowster Posts: 582
    Man up and stop being a censored ...
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    If you can't handle a nettle sting or two you're not going to like the inevitable broken collar bone.
  • The Rookie wrote:
    The end of the spines on the nettles produce an acid, doc leaves contain an Alkali, but you do have to rub it in quite aggressively or the juice from the crushed doc leave won't get into where the nettle left it's acid, if you don't crush and rub aggressively it's just a placebo!

    And the more you rub the more spines you push in. I find it does ware off until you get in the shower, then it starts all over again.

    A couple of years ago I got stung real bad, all over my hands, arms & lower legs, the stinging just wouldn't go away, it even woke me up at 2am, I searched the net and tried everything I found, doc leaves, camomile lotion, cello tape (to lift the spines out), nothing worked.
  • lostboysaintlostboysaint Posts: 4,369
    You'll get used/immune to them in time. Only time to worry is when you can't see the trail any more and you come out the other side with your bike wearing a ghillie suit

    That.
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  • Pesky JonesPesky Jones Posts: 2,986
    My leg still hurts now.

    Is there any remedy to get rid of the sting?

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  • paul.skibumpaul.skibum Posts: 4,068
    I find not being a censored is the best remedy. They are a mild irritant for a short period of time I find a ride in the uk that involves nettle stings usually involves thorns having torn enough cuts into me that the nettle pain is barely noticeable.

    We dont have nettle in BC though so its just rocks and stuff that hurt me now.
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  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,295
    Once fell off a rock climb wearing short sleeved t-shirt and shorts & rolled right down a 20' slope covered in nettles. It was sore but not that sore.
  • 2x102x10 Posts: 79
    Take a hayfever pill, anti histamine, works well and almost instantly.
    I found out the hard way.
    and if you dont like the broken collar bone then you will hate the dislocated shoulder!!
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    2x10 wrote:
    and if you dont like the broken collar bone then you will hate the dislocated shoulder!!

    I found the broken collar bone much worse. At least the dislocation heals up quickly and is pain free fairly soon. My collar bone still hurt like a censored three weeks later.
    Broken ribs were particularly unpleasant as well.
  • 2x102x10 Posts: 79
    I suppose its how your built and how you fall, my dislocation was 3 months off work, an operation and two more months off, guess I tore some other bits up as well. full recovery though but ohh man, those nettle stings smart!!
    :D
  • MrJamesMrJames Posts: 24
    2x10 wrote:
    I suppose its how your built and how you fall, my dislocation was 3 months off work, an operation and two more months off, guess I tore some other bits up as well. full recovery though but ohh man, those nettle stings smart!!
    :D

    I finally got the ok to start easing back into riding earlier after dislocating my right shoulder... Never been so happy! Only had one day off work and been off riding for 5 weeks, I never realised how horrible it would be not being able to ride.
  • step83step83 Posts: 3,867
    Nettle, brambles, Gorse. You get used to them pretty quick. Ive taken to pulls thorns an Gorse spines out my hands and arms at work. keeps people away, tweezers are handy too.
  • FishFishFishFish Posts: 2,238
    2x10 wrote:
    Take a hayfever pill, anti histamine, works well and almost instantly.
    I found out the hard way.
    and if you dont like the broken collar bone then you will hate the dislocated shoulder!!

    Cyanide provides fast relief too. If you don't like dislocated shoulder then you will hate disembowelment by a hyena. Esp if it has bad breath.
    ...take your pickelf on your holibobs.... :D

    jeez :roll:
  • I kind of like the tingling :D
  • M9DBOM9DBO Posts: 175
    The Rookie wrote:
    How many old threads do you intend to drag out their graves?

    Great idea...
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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    Get your mummy to wrap you up in bubble wrap.

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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,904
    How hard did you search for a thread to post a picture of yourself?
    I don't do smileys.

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  • arran77arran77 Posts: 9,260
    cooldad wrote:
    How hard did you search for a thread to post a picture of yourself?

    Me? I don't wear sandals.
    "Arran, you are like the Tony Benn of smut. You have never diluted your depravity and always stand by your beliefs. You have my respect sir and your wife my pity" :lol:

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