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fishdelasol
June 5th, 2008, 11:10 AM
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. :(

deepstops
June 5th, 2008, 11:20 AM
I got them pretty bad in the middle of May but it seemed better last week (I got none on the Tenneco night dive).

F106A
June 5th, 2008, 11:22 AM
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. :(

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.

Big G
June 5th, 2008, 02:15 PM
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. :(

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

wjefferis
June 5th, 2008, 05:59 PM
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.

KeyLargoBrent
June 5th, 2008, 06:27 PM
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).

SugarFox03
June 7th, 2008, 10:57 AM
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.

mrlipis
June 7th, 2008, 11:46 AM
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

deepstops
June 7th, 2008, 08:34 PM
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?

Bruce

I like this website Dr. Ray McAllister Sea Lice Info. from Dr. Mary Russell (http://www.oe.fau.edu/faculty/mcallister/sealice.htm)

Trisha
June 11th, 2008, 03:40 PM
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?

Jupiter31
June 11th, 2008, 05:47 PM
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
I do a lot of diving in PB County - Jupiter, mostly - year 'round - and I have never gotten "hit" by sea lice

Sea Lice are marine organisms that can cause EXTREME skin break outs; you get little red dots (many) on the exposed area which depending can be small or cover more of your body than what you want - they can drive you crazy and itch like you would not believe.

The good news - some can dive in a sea of them and not be affected; others (like my wife, who got a really bad case in little cayman a few years ago) are really suseptable.

Best advise is to wear an exposure suit, and if you do get hit, antihistimines will help as there may be swelling - you can check with the operator to see if they have been spotted, but there is no assurance as the ocean is a pretty big place - they may be gone or there to welcome you on your next dive.

PS We tried everything when my wife had an exposure to them; she had some really big bumps - one thing I can tell you for sure is clear nail polish on the bumps just looks silly; it is not a cure - cortisone cream helped a little.

jupitermermaid
June 11th, 2008, 11:00 PM
I have to wear gloves year round, as sea lice seem to attack me in every exposed area....hands (sans gloves), neck, face. I recently started using the jelly fish lotion sold in LDS, and it seems to help somewhat. Some people are more susceptible to getting stung than others. I won't let it interfer with my diving, as that's my respite from the real world, but washing well after diving seems to help as well as using the lotion that prevents stings in the first place.

afuacat
July 2nd, 2008, 10:48 PM
i think this might be what i have! i have big, red welts on my upper lip. it's been 4 days. how long does it usually last for? they are really gross! it only itches slightly.

OceanObsessed
July 2nd, 2008, 10:51 PM
i think this might be what i have! i have big, red welts on my upper lip. it's been 4 days. how long does it usually last for? they are really gross! it only itches slightly.

That's usually where I get stung too :D

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