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If I come into any form of salt water, be it the ocean or sweat, my skin forms random red rashes on it. Is it possible to treat this?

If I come into any form of salt water, be it the ocean or sweat, my skin forms random red rashes on it. Is it possible to treat this?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. This way you can get the best treatment. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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How can I treat a rash that shows up after coming out of the ocean?

How can I treat a rash that shows up after coming out of the ocean?

Antihistamines: After swimming in the ocean, take a shower, rinse off, then take an antihistamine. If there are areas that are still itching, then apply a steroid cream. This needs to be evaluated by a specialist in skin diseases such as a board certified allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have painful rash when I go in the ocean. Could this be an allergy?

I have painful rash when I go in the ocean. Could this be an allergy?

Could be: Allergic rashes usually itch but do not hurt. You don't tell me whether the rash develops jwhile on the beach, or while in the water or when you are drying after getting out of the water. There is urticaria (welts) that is caused by exposure to water, cold or the sun. In order to sort things out, see a board certified allergist/immunologist. Lucky for you, there are several in SLC. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my knee that I got over a week ago after clamming in the ocean. It is a little itchy but seems to be drying out.

I have a rash on my knee that I got over a week ago after clamming in the ocean. It is a little itchy but seems to be drying out.

OK...: Some rashes will resolve on their own in time, others may need a little help with a steroid cream like hydrocortisone. If that does not help, then see the Dr. ...Read more

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I get a rash after swimming in the ocean and where the sun is exposed on my body. But not when I go into fresh water. Something that I can do?

I get a rash after swimming in the ocean and where the sun is exposed on my body. But not when I go into fresh water. Something that I can do?

Rinse off..: Showering with fresh water immediately after getting out of the salted water is the only prevention. Many beaches offer outdoor showers or locker rooms for this reason. ...Read more

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My 9 year old son suffers from an itchy rash every time he is exposed to ocean water. This happens in the Atlantic & Pacific. Could he be allergic?

My 9 year old son suffers from an itchy rash every time he is exposed to ocean water. This happens in the Atlantic & Pacific. Could he be allergic?

Rash: The rash may be from exposure to sand or something in the ocean waters that causes irritation. Apply sunscreen before exposure. Also apply a soothing body lotion after exposure. ...Read more

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Hi, after swimming in an ocean in indonesia I have had this inner thigh rash which had red bumps. Over the last week I have round elevated bumps. Help?

Hi, after swimming in an ocean in indonesia I have had this inner thigh rash which had red bumps. Over the last week I have round elevated bumps. Help?

Sea creatures.: You were likely bitten by some tiny sea creatures while in the water. I can't recall the exact name at this time. Try some topical cortisone cream. If this does not help. See a doctor. ...Read more

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I get itchy, a rash, blurred vision, and nauseous when I'm in cold weather, in the ocean or a pool. But not in a cold shower.

I get itchy, a rash, blurred vision, and nauseous when I'm in cold weather, in the ocean or a pool. But not in a cold shower.

Cold urticaria: This could be colder to urticaria. You need to discuss it with your physician but there are certain types of hives people get on exposure to cold. Your physician may refer you to an allergist to help clarify the setting. ...Read more

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Can I use ocean spray on 5months baby?

Cranberry juice?: 5-month-old baby is too young for cranberry juice, very dilute apple juice should be ok. Or do you mean a different kind of ocean spray? ...Read more

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Why do you die if you drink ocean water?

Why do you die if you drink ocean water?

Salt poisoning: Your body is designed to maintain a constant salt level. The kidneys get rid of the excess in normal circumstances. Ocean water is far saltier than the kidneys can handle, since you are replenishing your internal water supply with ocean water at a higher level than tolerable. So over a short period of time, if that were your only source of water, you would die of salt excess. ...Read more

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Could allergies become worse near the ocean?

Could allergies become worse near the ocean?

Possibly: You could be allergic to an environmental component inherent to the ocean and its proximal areas. ...Read more

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What can I do for my bizarre fear of the ocean?

Find a program: You may be able to locate an adult program to make you comfortable in the ocean. This may not involve any medical doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to wear contacts while in the ocean?

Contacts in ocean: Safe yes, smart no. Unless you don't mind losing a contact, best not to wear when you could be splashed in the face / eye. Probably best to take contacts out, if you are going to be exposed to water. Why take the chance of losing your contacts? ...Read more

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Can I swim in the ocean with stitches on my chest?

Can I swim in the ocean with stitches on my chest?

Likely: As long as the wound is clean, dry and well healed (and at least 2-3 days since being placed) it should be fine. Keep it clean and dry as soon as you are done ...Read more

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I got stung on vacation while in the ocean, should I be concerned?

I got stung on vacation while in the ocean, should I be concerned?

Not enough info: To know. Do you have any on-going symptoms from this? ...Read more

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Why do some earthquakes in the ocean cause Tsunamis, and others do not?

Why do some earthquakes in the ocean cause Tsunamis, and others do not?

Not a medical issue: Well I tell you not a medical question so I am out of my expertise but I do believe it is how the earths surface shifts or collapses from the shift caused by the earthquake. So if it is the ocean floor all that body of water is disrupted and is shifted dramatically causing the tsunami. Sad really ...Read more

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Is there a medical disease or psychological disorder that can prevent you from going near the ocean?

Is there a medical disease or psychological disorder that can prevent you from going near the ocean?

Fear: Psychological terms are hydrophobia & aquaphobia. Dynamics could involve past scary experiences involving water in open spaces or accident in areas where there was water, such as near drowning. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has an open wound and she dipped it in the ocean in the Bahamas is she gonna get sick?

My girlfriend has an open wound and she dipped it in the ocean in the Bahamas is she gonna get sick?

Most likely Not: However that depends upon the type of wound and what she is doing to treat it. It also depends upon where the wound is on the body. Make sure to clean and disinfect the wound after going in the water. Start with simple soap and water, follow with an antiseptic treatement from the pharmacy (avoid iodine/betadine) and then clean dressing. If she gets fever, redness, swelling, wound looks bad, go2 ER. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has an open wound and she dipped it in the ocean in the Bahamas is she gonna get sick?

Wound care: Not necessarily. Keep the area clean with warm water and soap. The ocean is notoriously filled with bacteria though, so keep a good eye on it. If it looks like it's getting infected, get it evaluated immediately. Signs of infection include warmth, redness, and increased drainage. ...Read more

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I don't swim well and am afraid I am not strong enough to save myself in the ocean. Can I insist on a life jacket when on a boat?

I don't swim well and am afraid I am not strong enough to save myself in the ocean. Can I insist on a life jacket when on a boat?

Yes: It's the law that life jackets that fit be present on board for each person on each vessel that leaves the dock or harbor. Yes, I always wear my jacket in rough seas or when I sail alone and I have 40 years of experience. If someone says that you don't need one, remind them that boating is supposed to be fun and that wearing a life vest enhances your fun. Being more relaxed is what it is all about. ...Read more

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I live along the ocean area in Florida. In general, can people develop earlier cataracts than expected due to extreme bright sunlight?

I live along the ocean area in Florida. In general, can people develop earlier cataracts than expected due to extreme bright sunlight?

Known risk: Sunlight is one of the few proven things that can accelerate the formation and development of cataracts. Always wear sunglasses in the sun. ...Read more

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Cut from something in the ocean, what to do, should I be concerned?

Cut from something in the ocean, what to do, should I be concerned?

Cut in ocean: Did you step on something, or maybe brush up against some jagged shells? Is the wound clean? You might want to have this checked at an urgent care clinic -- and if you haven't had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years, it's probably a good idea to get one also. ...Read more

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Anyone else scared of flying over the ocean?

Yes: You are not alone; I believe several of the larger carriers have fairly successful programs.
Do talk with your pcp as there is such a range of symptoms so mild sedation to psychiatric evaluation depending on the severity and possible ''tip of the iceberg.''. ...Read more

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Is it safe to relieve yourself in the ocean?

Is it safe to relieve yourself in the ocean?

Sure: Your waters will be joining those of most everyone else who swims in the ocean, along with every other sea creature too. It's a great equalizer, no? ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
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Ocean (Definition)

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