As every year in the summer season, the jellyfish make their way to Israel. The jellyfish that reach the shores of the country are called “awning jellyfish” and they belong to the burner system. In the Mediterranean there are about 10 species of awning jellyfish. It is a shellfish that has managed to adapt to its environment in an amazing way, and has undergone almost no evolutionary changes over 500 million years. Unfortunately most jellyfish are stinging, some people will be affected in one way and others in another.
Many times bathers will feel “burning water”. This is a condition where the water burns but no jellyfish can be seen. In practice there are transparent hunting arms that have been detached and ripped from the jellyfish.
Summer jellyfish swarms stay in our area for several weeks, usually between late June and early August. If you have recently noticed that there is an increase in the number of jellyfish on our shores – there is a reason for this.
In the 1980s, with the opening of the Suez Canal, new species of jellyfish began to invade and have continued to invade ever since. Besides, climate change may affect jellyfish breeding, sea pollution, illegal hunting affecting the jellyfish’s natural enemies and more.
The burning sensation felt from an encounter with a jellyfish is the result of contact with stinging cells called nematocytes (Nematocyst) located in the jellyfish arms. In every arm of the migrating wire, a species of jellyfish common on the shores of our country, millions of stinging cells are hidden, some of which disengage into the sea and in contact with the body are activated and inject venom.
A bite of the migrating wire usually causes a burn-like burn that passes after hours or days.
Afraid of a jellyfish bite? What to do?
The easiest way to avoid burning is to stay on the beach out of the water, but this solution is often unrealistic.
The recommended initial treatment is to first remove the visible jellyfish arms that have adhered to the skin (using a dry stick or tweezers) and rinse with water (preferably seawater) for 20 minutes to remove the residual stinging cells.
Actions to avoid:
Rubbing and / or applying pressure to the area of injury.
Use of urine or alcohol.
Opinions about vinegar rinsing are divided: some argue that use may aggravate the burn.
In cases of severe allergic reaction or damage to the eye area, seek medical attention immediately.
The burn treatment
The treatment of the burn itself is similar to the treatment of a mild burn (first degree).
If it is a slight burn, you can apply a gel to soothe the skin, such as aloe vera gel “Forte” (show) or “Penstyle”. Using a product designed for mild burns such as “Flamigel” will help heal the burn in addition to the cooling effect and pain relief.
The author is a registered nurse on behalf of CWT
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