bites shown were caused by larvae of the sea anemone.
These occur in salt water off coastal regions. Sea lice
usually attach themselves to fish but clearly can bite
humans. The above photograph is that of a young woman
snorkeling off the coast of Mexico. The history she
gives is extremely typical of sea lice. Shortly after
snorkeling, she felt a sudden burning sensation underneath
both breasts and felt a stinging sensation. No rash
was evident until she returned home 2 days later. The
typical eruptions are almost always under the bathing
suit and appear as Sea Lice Closeuppapules or papulovesicles.
These lesions can persist for 1 to 2 weeks.
Treatment in the
If one suspect sea lice bites after
diving or snorkeling, hydrogen peroxide or a quick soap
and water scrub would be helpful. One must watch for
a secondary skin infection.
Provider - Medical Treatment
Without treatment, these lesions
usually disappear in 1 to 2 weeks. However, most patients
would appreciate getting rid of this as soon as possible.
Topical or systemic corticosteroids provide relief and
topical antibiotic ointment may be beneficial to impede