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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

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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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Treating Pubic LIce (Checklist)

Use prescription strength anti-lice lotion/cream
Daily
Boil underwear to prevent against re-infestation
Once
Make sure partner follows same regimen to avoid reinfection
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Trim pubic hair to reduce reinfection
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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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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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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household people with Nix permethrin, if approved by doctor
15 Min, Weekly for 2 Weeks
Each person who had lice should be checked for nits (eggs) each day
5 Min, Daily for 3 Weeks
Do a thorough cleaning of beds, sofas, and play areas. Do the laundry
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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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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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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Use OTC treatments exactly as directed to be effective
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Remove nits as directed. It's tedious, but effective!
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Re-treat only as directed by your physician
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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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Pediculosis (Definition)

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