Authorities Warn About Stinging Sea Lice Invasion That Can Cause Severe Dermatitis

June 28, 2018 15:20 By Fabiosa

For all the beachgoers in Florida, beware of sea lice. Authorities warn people about an outbreak of microscopic creatures and what damage they may cause to your health. Although sea lice have always been in Florida waters, their recent invasion of the beaches can become a worrying thing with absolute certainty.

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"Tiny jellyfish invasion"

According to the Florida Department of Health, sea lice are microscopic jellyfishes, and they can sting like any other jellyfishes. These little creatures can cause severe dermatitis, which manifests as small, red bumps all over the person’s skin. The bumps can be very itchy, so doctors’ advice is to seek medical treatment if you experience such symptoms after pestering in the water.

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In some cases, people can also experience fever, chills, nausea, and headaches. These symptoms occur within 4 to 6 hours. The most unpleasant thing about the symptoms is that they can last for more than two weeks. According to the National Institutes of Health, applying vinegar to your skin can prevent any bites.

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Sea lice invasion began around Pensacola Beach, and now, it spreads in the south direction down to Mexico beaches. Look for purple flags at the beach posted by authorities. These warning signs are showing that the area is affected by the pests.

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Helpful tips

The Florida Department of Health also provided some helpful tips to minimize the risk of unwanted encounters:

  1. Avoid wearing one-piece bathing suits or T-shirt to prevent sea lice from getting trapped between the fabrics and your skin.
  2. Try using a suntan lotion or topical sunscreen to protect the skin.
  3. Shower with warm water after exiting the water. Do not shower in your bathing suit.
  4. Use detergent to wash your bathing suit.

Now, you know what to do even if you still want to lurk in the water full of sea lice, though it’s really not recommended. Take care and stay healthy!

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