Jellyfish to hit Israel's coasts in large numbers

Jellyfish will hit Israel's coasts in large numbers during the summer months, Magen David Adom said in a statement Monday. The simple organism's sting is mostly harmless but can be quite painful, and one does not necessarily need to be in close proximity to the jellyfish in order to be stung, as its venom is released into the waters as a sticky slime. The MDA suggests bathers take a small bottle of vinegar to the beach with them, as this can help in alleviating the pain if stung by a jellyfish. Salt water may also be used, but not fresh water. The common practice of rubbing sand over the infected area actually worsens the pain, the MDA statement said. After washing with vinegar, the infected area should be cleansed with water and soap.