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Anyone gotten sea lice this season?

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by fishdelasol, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. fishdelasol

    fishdelasol Nassau Grouper

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    So, now is the season for sea lice...has anyone had it, yet?

    This will be my first summer diving in SFLA and I like to wear a wet suit, but am SO afraid of the thought of having sea lice covering my entire body. :(
     
  2. deepstops

    deepstops Blacklight Poster ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I got them pretty bad in the middle of May but it seemed better last week (I got none on the Tenneco night dive).
     
  3. F106A

    F106A Solo Diver

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    During the past few days in the upper Keys: Picked up a good helping on my right arm hanging at 20' from a deep wreck dive a couple of days back. Other than that, maybe a half dozen or so in various places during 13 dives. Wearing a shorty.
     
  4. Big G

    Big G Nassau Grouper

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    I have a little bit of rash here and there. It's been worse in other years, so I'm not complaining.
     
  5. wjefferis

    wjefferis Photographer

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    I guess this is more of a south Florida problem, up here in the Panhandle either things are real good right now or we are just lucky, no problems at all that I have experienced or anyone that I know.
     
  6. KeyLargoBrent

    KeyLargoBrent Dive Charter

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    I got a few hits on the top of my feet yesterday, while working into a moderate current at Molasses Reef. I noticed it (itching) during the dive, but haven't noticed it since.

    Wear a full wetsuit if you're concerned about the little buggers... minimizing exposure makes a world of difference for me (in terms of severity of reaction).
     
  7. SugarFox03

    SugarFox03 Guest

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    I went diving last weekend in about 50-60' off the Breakers in Palm Beach and the top of my left thigh is covered - and I NEVER get sea lice. I was wearing a shorty. I got two on my hand from the weekend prior.
     
  8. mrlipis

    mrlipis Manta Ray

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    As I will be diving in Florida at the end of the month, might I ask, what are sea lice and what effect do they have?

    Not to Hijack this thread but I will be staying in Palm Beach and am planning on doing most of my diving up there but would like to take a day and go to the keys. What would be the best (can't miss this dive) location to go to?

    Bruce
     
  9. deepstops

    deepstops Blacklight Poster ScubaBoard Sponsor

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  10. Trisha

    Trisha Barracuda

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    Excellent article, deepstops!
    Last year we took our youngest daughter and her friend with us to LBTS during spring break. Liz got seabather's eruption, but Fred (another Kimberly) didn't. Also, Fred was taking Benedril for car sickness.
    The local pharmacy suggested mixing Lotrimin (athlete's foot cream) and 5 per cent hydrocotisone. We also used Aveeno baths.

    Other than a quick shower and fresh clothes, any other ideas?
     

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