Sea lice reported along Florida beaches

Sea lice can cause a rash on a person’s skin

Sea lice can cause a rash on a person’s skin

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "swimmer's itch" or sea lice is not contagious. Well, if you are hanging out on the coast of northwest Florida you may now have an excuse not to.

Once they get caught in your bathing suit, they can sting repeatedly while you're in the water.

Sea lice are not really lice at all.

Dave Greenwood, director of public safety for the beach, told the Pensacola News Journal that the lice are tiny jellyfish larvae and jellyfish cells.

Cases of sea lice have been reported along 250 miles of Florida's southern Atlantic coastline for more than a century, according to the Florida Department of Health.

PENSACOLA — Purple flags appeared on Pensacola Beach this week as lifeguards warned of a stinging pest that is leaving beachgoers with a red, itchy rash and what could resemble a jellyfish sting.

More information on Sea Lice, also known as "Swimmer's Itch" can be found in this guide from the Florida Department of Health's website.

In some people, the rash may be accompanied by symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache and muscle spasms, and they may have trouble sleeping. Female swimmers wearing one-piece suits and children and adults wearing T-shirts in the water can be at risk of a more severe reaction, the Florida Department of Health says.

The larvae can become lodged between a person's bathing suit and skin, resulting in multiple stings. Topical 1% cortisone cream or a sting aid may also be helpful. 'You are a land animal and the Gulf is not our native environment'.

If you're already experiencing symptoms, use an oral antihistamine to relieve itching. You'll know within a few hours if you've fallen victim to their sting. The term sea lice refers to the condition caused by the larvae stings, also called "Sea Bather's Eruption". Those who contract the rash or come in contact with the sea lice should be sure to wash their bathing suit and dry it with high heat to make sure there are no leftover sea lice.

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