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Sea Lice or "Seabather's eruption" warning

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Sea Lice or "Seabather's eruption" warning

Hi everyone,

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.

We've visited Cancun 5 times over the past 10 years as well as Barbados, Costa Rica and both sides of Florida and I'd never heard of Sea Lice until a few days ago.

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!!

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1. Re: Sea Lice or "Seabather's eruption" warning

I'm amazed that this danger isn't more widely known, and we should be grateful to you for raising the topic. When we went to Cancun it was February, so outside the season for this problem, but I generally spend a lot of time in the sea wearing a teeshirt to avoid repeated use of suncream, so if it had been later in the year I could have suffered much the same. It's certainly worth a look at the info available on the net. I just searched for "sea lice cancun mexico", and found all the necessary details. Thanks again.

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2. Re: Sea Lice or "Seabather's eruption" warning

It is actually listed under the top questions asked about Cancun (top right of your screen). So sorry your son had such an experience. I've been lucky so far. I don't think I've ever gone during the season where they are a risk.

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The last 3 times in Mexico, I been attacked by sea lice.The first 2 times, I spent a few hundeds of dollars getting rid of the problem.Last time, when the rash started,I rub my wife hand sanitizer on the rash.It stopped the itch and got rid of the rash.

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4. Re: Sea Lice or "Seabather's eruption" warning

I know what you mean by itching. We have been to Cancun many times usually in May and never had a problem. But one year we were there in May with 4 other people. I was stung everywhere I was covered by my swim suit. No one else had the little critters. I have "safesea" ordered for our upcoming May trip. It is miserable. I will take Benadryl and some anti itch lotion as well as Safe Sea. I met a doctor from my home town on the shuttle back to the airport and he had some Benadryl with him. I had the rash after I got home for about 2 weeks.

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