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scrnanderson
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Kinda a weird post, but I contracted some weird rash while snorkeling and I have come to think, through some websites and other nurses I work with, that it is "sea lice"- larvae of sea anemones or jellyfish. Ive read up on it, but wanted some advice from some local people. I dive, snorkel or swim almost every day and don't want to stop being in the ocean, but I hear that it gets worse with reoccurances. I find it hard to believe it's that common since I have never heard about it, but it is so terribly painful I dont want to ever get it again. Does anyone have any experience with this, or any advice? Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : February 27, 2009 6:51 am
Bombi
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Sea lice are terrible. When they are bad I put tanning oil on before I swim. They get inside your swimsuit, rash guard or wet suit so the less you wear the less chance of being affected. If I get the rash I douse with vinegar after I get out of the water, the same remedy I use for jelly fish stings. This is the time of the year they are here, then they grow into jellyfish.

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Posted : February 27, 2009 11:10 am
nforbes
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ooh, this sounds awful! i'm lucky to have never dealt with this. I swim, snorkel and dive...no sea lice!

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Posted : February 27, 2009 11:48 am
Ms Information
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Kinda a weird post, but I contracted some weird rash while snorkeling and I have come to think, through some websites and other nurses I work with, that it is "sea lice"- larvae of sea anemones or jellyfish. Ive read up on it, but wanted some advice from some local people. I dive, snorkel or swim almost every day and don't want to stop being in the ocean, but I hear that it gets worse with reoccurances. I find it hard to believe it's that common since I have never heard about it, but it is so terribly painful I dont want to ever get it again. Does anyone have any experience with this, or any advice? Thanks!

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/articles/article.asp?articleid=55

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Posted : February 27, 2009 2:40 pm
lc98
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Some people have skin that's a lot more sensitive to it than others, which might be why you've never heard it mentioned. You'll also find it more concentrated in certain areas and at certain times of year. The best defense I've found is to wear as little clothing that hugs your skin as possible (e.g., for women, a two piece vs. a one-piece bathing suit) -- that way, the water can continually wash the itchies away from your skin.

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Posted : February 27, 2009 3:09 pm
islandtyme
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Getting itchy & scratchy just reading this 😮

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Posted : February 27, 2009 6:58 pm
Ms Information
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Some people have skin that's a lot more sensitive to it than others, which might be why you've never heard it mentioned. You'll also find it more concentrated in certain areas and at certain times of year. The best defense I've found is to wear as little clothing that hugs your skin as possible (e.g., for women, a two piece vs. a one-piece bathing suit) -- that way, the water can continually wash the itchies away from your skin.

Back in the day when I was a nudist (AANR), we swam naturally in Jamaica and off of sail boats in the BVI. We never had problems with a rash, while our better dressed friends often had red itchy rashes. LoL...Something to be said for wearing as little as possible.

Seriously, after swimming, shower well and wash out your swim suit. (or become a nudist...lol)

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Posted : February 27, 2009 11:03 pm
divestx
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I had a really weird rash. Lower legs and arms.Thought it was alot of things- alot. It was the water in my house. I changed the filters and dropped 2 jugs of Bleach. I even thought it was my liver. Just a thought.

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Posted : February 27, 2009 11:44 pm
Neil
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Back in the day when I was a nudist...

If I had a nickel for everytime I've heard THAT before...
🙂

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Posted : February 28, 2009 11:21 am
newarrival
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Which part of the island did you get the "sea lice" / jellyfish larvae from? Are there certain beaches we should be avoiding?

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Posted : March 1, 2009 5:13 pm
scrnanderson
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I think I got it over at Jacks and Isaac, but I'm really not sure, I didn't notice it until a couple of days later.

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Topic starter Posted : March 6, 2009 2:03 am
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