THERE are plenty of theories out there, but Surf Life Saving Queensland regional manager Craig Holden says the most reliable remedy for a bluebottle sting takes just a few simple steps.
Wipe the tentacle off with sea water. "Normally when you get stung, you'll still see bits stuck to the skin," Craig says.
Place the affected body part in hot water - not boiling, but as warm as you can tolerate.
"Normally we get a nice hot shower."
After a hot shower, gently apply an ice pack to the affected area.
Urinating on the sting won't help, contrary to popular belief, and neither will pouring on vinegar or warm beer, or rubbing sand on the area.
"None of that works," Craig says.
"Particularly rubbing the area with sand - that makes it worse, because you're just activating more of the tentacles to keep firing the stinging cells.
"Everyone has a remedy, but the hot water and ice packs after is the best treatment."