Every summer, jellyfish visit Israeli shores.
The Ministry of Health publishes the following tips for treating a jellyfish sting.
On hot summer days, and because of the rise in temperature of the Mediterranean Sea, jellyfish invade the beaches of our country.
Jellyfish are marine animals; anatomically, the animal has an umbrella-like dome and trailing tentacles. Throughout the tentacles, there are nematocysts – venom (neurotoxin) containing cells. Once prey is captured, the nematocysts release their venom to paralyze the victim. Although the venom can kill a small marine animal, human beings will only suffer from a rash, redness or stinging pain, in extreme cases raised welts, and muscle spasms. The severity depends on the jellyfish species.
If you decide to swim in the Mediterranean Sea during summertime, please realize that your skin may become irritated even if there was no direct contact with the jellyfish or jellyfish washed out to the shore (not in the water).
In case jellyfish stung you (which in most cases involves skin contact), do the following: