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Dr. Martin Fried
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What is the definition or description of: sea lice?

What is the definition or description of: sea lice?

Stinging causes rash: Seabathers eruption (also known as sea lice) is a form of dermatitis that appears on covered areas of the skin (under bathing suits, shirts, and long hair), rather than on exposed areas as with swimmers itch, and is associated with bathing in coastal waters. Episodes reported in long island waters are believed to be caused by the larval form of the sea anemone (edwardsiella lineata). ...Read more

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Sea Lice (Definition)

"sea lice" are the larvae of jellyfish and other stingers. The microscopic larvae contain the same nematocysts (sting cells) as adult jellyfish and stingers.They end to get under bathing suits and cause an itchy red rash.In most cases, symptoms can take up to six to nine hours ...Read more


Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Does anyone know what is sea lice?

Jellyfish larvae: Real sea lice are fish parasites that have no impact on humans, but the organisms most people call "sea lice" are actually the larvae of jellyfish, which sting your skin while you swim in the ocean. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Vacation in Jamaica last week. May have sea lice or something the same lines. How do I know for sure? If it's sea lice, do we need to see a dr?

Vacation in Jamaica last week. May have sea lice or something the same lines. How do I know for sure? If it's sea lice, do we need to see a dr?

Sea lice: It's difficult to diagnose sea lice - also known as sea bather's eruption - unless trained doc that can see the actual larvae that cause it under a microscope. The diagnosis otherwise is mainly by history and exam. The rash typically involves area covered by clothing such as bathing suit or t-shirt worn in sea water where jellyfish reside. Jamaica certainly qualifies. Use Benadryl, topical steroid ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my sea lice?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my sea lice?

Vinegar: 'sea lice' are stings from microscopic jelly fish babies. They can be both painful and itchy. Remove your swimsuit, shower. Afterwards rinse affected areas with dilluted vinegar (about 1 bottle per gallon of water) to deactivate the venom. If still itchy you can use topical anti-itch creams and oral antihistamines. It takes several weeks for this to heal. See your doctor if severe. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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How do you get rid of your sea lice?

Sea lice actually...: ...Are jellyfish larvae, which sting when they come in contact with the skin during ocean bathing. (real sea lice are fish parasites & do not affect humans.) common home remedies to relieve the itching and burning from jellyfish stings include vinegar and meat tenderizer. Hydrocortisone cream and oral antihistamines such as Allegra may help to relieve the itching. Wash swimsuit in fresh water. ...Read more

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Dr. Morris Westfried
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How do I get rid of sea lice?

No perfect treatment: Sea lice do not have a specific treatment and will resolve in about one week. Itching is under bathing suit area. And this is usually caught in fresh not salt water. Topical or oral steroids can reduce itching until it resolves. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Can a doctor suggest how to deal with sea lice?

Yes: Here is a great article! http://www.Doh.State.Fl.Us/environment/medicine/foodsurveillance/pdfs/sea_lice_or_sea-bather%27s_eruption.Pdf.

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Dr. Michael Bruck
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Permethrin cream uses for sea lice?

Permethrin cream uses for sea lice?

No!: Sea lice is not an infestation it is only a contact dermatitis like poison ivy. Hydrocotisone cream can be used for sea lice along with aveeno baths and oral Benadryl for itching. Permethrin is for head lice. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Daus
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Should I see a specialist for sea lice, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Sea Lice: I would see your regular doctor first to see if he can help and let this doctor decide if you need a specialist. ...Read more

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