'Sea Lice' Stinging Swimmers off Florida's Santa Rosa Beach

Severe cases can result in flu-like symptoms.

The Florida Department of Public Health stated that these tiny organisms have infested Florida waters for over a century.

Thimble jellyfish (Linuche unguiculata). Bathing in colloidal oatmeal and applying calamine lotion can also help soothe the rash or itchiness. Swimmers can clean out the larvae by removing their swimsuits and washing them out before showering, and rinsing the swimsuits with household vinegar or rubbing alcohol can clear out the larvae.

"Seabather's eruption" causes a frightful rash to appear on the affected area, usually around 24 hours after you are stung, and will occur more easily and severely the more often you've had it.

WKRG has contacted officials in Orange Beach, who say they did not hear any reports of sea lice on their beaches.

It may be too early to tell how prevalent this year's sea lice infestation will be despite cases having already been reported on beaches along the Florida coastline. Well, anyway, they're back, and they're coming for you this summer.

Rashes may include elevated skin with a reddish tint and some small blisters. The tiny larvae which are very tiny like a period at the end of a sentence are microscopic jellyfish and or sea anemone.

Unlike with the adult's sting, it doesn't hurt.

The bathing suit areas of Florida swimmers are under attack by an invisible enemy: sea lice. As the term "sea lice" is not widespread, especially among social media users residing in the northern states, these messages were viewed with skepticism. KTRK reports it can also cause chills, nausea, and fever.

To the dismay of beach goers, sea lice are popping up all over Gulf Coast beaches.

So, you'll jump into the water where thousands of invisible jellyfish will suddenly sting you all over, and you'll break out into a rash luxuriously called "seabather's eruption".

Purple flags, which typically indicate stinging jellyfish or other harmful creatures in the water, started to fly along beaches, particularly in the Santa Rosa Beach area. Your natural reaction may be to flush the affected area with cold water, but don't - hot water is the key, experts say. April to July are the most common months for the larvae to appear, and some years are worse than others. Therefore, they sting - not bite.

  • Tonya Love