Sea Lice is everywhere. Well, at least not physically, thankfully. Anybody who has been on social media or watched the news lately has heard about the new craze called Sea Lice. Or Beach Lice. Seabather’s Eruption. Pika-Pika. Ocean Itch. Those are just a few other street names for it. Although it has been around for a long time, it has recently been trending, within the last few years and even months.

What are Sea Lice?

Sea Lice are actually NOT lice at all. They are larvae of the thimble jellyfish, Linuche unguiculata. Although they are visible to the naked eye, once they are in the water they are impossible to see and avoid. They are no bigger than a speck of pepper. Since we cannot avoid them, what usually happens is that these tiny jellyfish get attached to your bathing suit and find their way to your skin where you get stung. They often invade summer waters in Florida and the Caribbean.

What will Sea Lice do to me?

These tiny jellyfish only sting. Larva fire nematocysts (stinging cells) after pressure is applied. This is why most stings happen around areas of your clothing. Once trapped between your clothing and your skin, the pressure of each causes them to release nematocysts.

What are the Symptoms?

Sea Lice is an itchy rash. Once stung itching usually starts several hours after being in the water and lasts two to four days, but can last up to as long as two weeks. The rash is often raised, with bumps or blisters that can be very red and extremely itchy. Sometimes this rash can be accompanied with fever, chills, headaches and nausea. Many people report difficulty sleeping, more than likely because of the intense itching.

How do I Treat Sea Lice?

Neem Cure Oil!
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The extremely irritable, dry, red, itchy skin from Sea Lice can be relieved with Neem Cure Oil. Due to Neem Oil’s ability to reduce inflammation and heal abrasions, it can be very soothing for Sea Lice sufferers.

Neem Oil is a natural antihistamine, relieving topical itches and irritations. This will help to heal and soothe your itching skin.

The Nimbidin and Nimbin are two anti-inflammatory compounds that are found in the Neem Oil which helps to relieve swelling and redness. A third is Quercetin, which is well known as a compound that supports the body’s ability to respond to inflammation by inhibiting both the manufacture and release of histamine and other irritants.

Emollients are also pleasant for Sea Lice sufferers. Substances that fill the gaps and cracks in the skin prevent moisture loss and restore the protective barrier. Since Neem is especially high in important fatty acids and vitamin E and can quickly penetrate outer layers of skin, it is extremely effective in healing dry and damaged skin. Its strong antiseptic properties will also help to keep bacteria and secondary skin infections at bay.

How do I use Neem Cure Oil?

Apply Neem Cure Oil to the affected area 3 to 4 times a day as long as symptoms occur. Neem Cure is pure Neem Oil pre-mixed with Jojoba Oil and is safe and very effective.

Can I Prevent Sea Lice?

Yes, don’t go in the water. On a serious note, avoid wearing as much clothing as possible when in the water. And before you shower make sure to take your bathing suit off first.

Information provided by Florida Department of Public Health.