Asked in Conditions and DiseasesBotany or Plant BiologyAcids and Bases
Conditions and Diseases
Botany or Plant Biology
Acids and Bases
What acid is the cause of a nettles sting?
Asked in Chemistry
What acid is injected into our body by a bee sting that cause pain?
How Do Dock Leaves Soothe Nettle Stings?
Asked in Agriculture
How do nettles sting you?
Nettles are covered with tiny tiny needle like and sharp "hairs" made of silisium. On thin skin, these razorsharp needles cut through your outer protective skin. Further more, inside these silisium needles there is a mix of: histamin, serotonin, acetylkolin, 5-hydroksytryptamin, formic acid, butyric acid and vinegar. The pain is however mostly caused by the acids. Nettles can sting you, but only where skin is very thin. The silisium needles are very very fragile and break off easily. These needles pose no threat in our skin because they are quickly dissolved and absorbed by our body. You can normally pick nettles without getting stinged if only touching the stem. It is the underside of leaves that is most "painful". Topside of leaves do not sting.
Asked in Wasps and Hornets, Spiders
What to do if you have a bee sting?