The ouches of summertime can be banished almost as quickly as they are acquired, veterans of the shoreline say.
"It's like a poached egg," said diver Jim Stewart of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in explaining the treatment of a round-stingray injury.
Just as a poaching egg visibly changes composition, the protein in the stingray venom is broken down by heat. Soak an injured foot in hot water for about half an hour and "the pain just miraculously goes away," he said.
However, if a person has difficulty breathing, an allergic reaction could be occurring, and the victim should go to a hospital. Later, victims should watch for signs of infection.