‘Sea Lice’ Encountered In Local Ocean Waters
If you get stung by the 'Sea Lice' recommended treatment options are taking over-the counter antihistamines, using hydrocortisone creams, and avoid scratching the irritated areas.
Some locals have shared their experience with ‘Sea Lice’ and a Facebook group called ‘Pawleys Island Peeps’ took to the platform with details about their recent encounters.
Over 100 comments were made as beachgoers shared how baby jellyfish have caused people to itch and break out in rashes.
Marine biologists at the University of Miami conducted a study on tiny organisms, also known as jellyfish larvae. The organisms are hard to see due to their small size that look like a tiny needle point floating on the water’s surface.
When the larvae attack, they sting a victim and leave a burning or itching sensation on the skin and it is not uncommon to see over 200 stings on just one person. Symptoms from the sting can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, and more. bathing suits and other fabrics can trap the larvae.
If you get stung by the ‘Sea Lice’ recommended treatment options are taking over-the counter antihistamines, using hydrocortisone creams, and avoid scratching the irritated areas.
To avoid the creatures, officials recommend not wearing a t-shirt in the ocean, taking off wet swimsuits as soon as possible after ocean exposure, showering and washing your beach wear as soon as you can as well.