Sea Lice Bites 🦀
I must confess I didn’t know these were a thing until recently. I’m way more familiar with sand flies (ruined a girls holiday in Thailand 😤)
🦀What is sea lice?
skin irritation due to the trapping of small jellyfish larvae in your swimmers! 🤮
When you swim in the ocean, the larvae become trapped inside your swimsuit, & yes you’ve guessed it, the larvae have stinging cells.
So, when the larvae rub against your skin, you experience the skin irritation known as sea lice bites.
🦀What are the symptoms of sea lice bites?
You’ll feel them almost immediately after getting in the water. It can feel like a “prickling” sensations, then skin will usually start to itch. Other symptoms might include:
🦑 rash that appears underneath where a bathing suit would be
🦑 red bumps that may come together and resemble a large, red mass.
🦀How do you treat it?
If the rash is under the swim suit, then wash it in hot water & tumble dry to make sure the larvae are gone, or throw it away!
Use calamine lotion, anti histamine, ibuprofen or a topical hydrocortisone cream for comfort.
If your child develops a fever watch closely. Seek medical attention if a fever persisted.
Now, enjoy your dinner! 😂
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