My 14 yr old son and I just returned from Spring Break in Cancun. We stayed at the Marriott Casa Magna, Km 14.5 on Kukulcan.
I wanted to put out a warning about Sea Lice in the hopes of preventing anyone else from experiencing the pain and agony of an attack like we just survived.
To make a long story short: we got a little sunburned on day 2 of our trip so I asked my son to wear a Tshirt until 3pm on the 3rd day while in the ocean so his sunburn wouldn't get worse. Terrible idea. His skin started to burn while he was in the ocean and later that night he started itching ferociously like a dog with fleas. I thought it was his sunburn but it got worse and worse. He was extremely uncomfortable with insane itchiness and couldn't sleep or sit still.
I knew something was very wrong but had no idea what until I did a web search for "cancun beach itchy rash": Sea Lice.
Maybe it's the time of year, we've never gone in March, only June. Whatever's the case, please protect yourself. There is a lotion you can buy to prevent attacks but if you choose not to buy it please educate yourself on how to avoid attacks and bring along some Aveeno or other anti-itch lotion (he loves the Aveeno) in case you're exposed.
I feel so terrible that this happened and I had to watch my son suffer so much on his vacation. I don't want this to happen to anyone else.
Thank god for this site!!