As every hero must have a tragic flaw, apparently so must every Utopia. Achilles had his heel, Oedipus his excessive pride and Deltaville its jellyfish.
While luckily the sting of the local stinging nettles/sea nettles/jellyfish aren't dangerous to the point of death, they certainly are painful and irritating when you are trying to enjoy a nice day at the beach. But what can you do to treat those stings? Some say pee on it. I always used meat tenderizer. Some use baking soda. At Blogfest there was talk of vinegar and sand. So what really works? What do the "experts" say you should do?
After neutralizing the stingers, you need to remove the ones that might be left on the skin. The best way to do this is shaving cream and a razor. I don't know about you, but I typically do my shaving prior to going on the beach. It's better for everyone that way. However, if a razor isn't handy, you can also used some sand to rub on the affected area to scrub off whatever might be left. It's important to remember to neutralize the stingers before trying to remove them (and no you can't see them) from the site as rubbing them can release more venom and spread the sting.
SafeSea Jellyfish Sting Lotion. It works by putting a slick coating on your skin that works in several different way. The slippery texture makes it hard for the stingers to attach to your skin, it absorbs secretions from your skin that tell the jellyfish it's in contact with prey or predator (like a clown fish) and it has chemical stoppers that disrupt the chemical communication required for the sting to occur. I've heard it works really well. To the point that one year the company could not keep up with the demand.
Or, you can keep track of the current position of jellyfish swarms by checking out this site designed to track them: NOAA Jellyfish Forecast Personally I think NOAA has way too much time on their hands!