They are not harmful but something that can cause an unsightly, itchy, red rash (Note if you're allergic to bees then YES it could be bad for you). What is the culprit? SEA LICE!!! When we think lice, EW but they are not lice of the insect sort at all. They’re tiny jellyfish larvae that can get caught in swimsuits and sting you. Their stings are often worse where swimsuits fit tightly to the body or where there's elastic and so small you'll never see them but you will feel em!! (Had my sea lice experience a few years ago in Destin ugh!) The mother who believes sea lice are to blame for causing her three children to break out in a painful rash after a Carolina beach recently shares her story (scroll down) to bring awareness. So what should you do to avoid these pesky sea creatures "lousing" up your beach-time?
- Women should consider two-piece instead of one-piece bathing suits to reduce the surface area of swimwear that could trap larvae.
- Swimmers should avoid wearing T-shirts while in the ocean. The shirts can also trap larvae.
- Swimmers should change out of their bathing suits as soon as possible after leaving the water.
- Bathing suits should be thoroughly washed with detergent and heat-dried after use to kill any larvae.
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