Sea Lice in Cancun
Coming to Cancun between March
Then you need to know about sea lice and how to
avoid them. Known locally as Agua mala (bad water) or pica pica
(itchy, itchy) and throughout the world as Seabathers Eruption.
Sea lice can be responsible for a painful itchy rash when swimming
in the warm Caribbean Sea off the beaches of Cancun, at certain
times of the year.
This web site aims to provide all the information
necessary to make sure your trip to Cancun goes without an itch.
We have information on the
season when sea lice in Mexico are likely to be at their most
abundant, plus advice on how to prevent
a sea lice eruption in the first place.
Read our explanation of Safe
Sea Lotion, the sea lice repellent. Safe Sea is widely regarded
as the best preventative sea lice measure around. Safe Sea lotion
is not generally available in Cancun, so it is worth taking a bottle
or two if you intend to visit Cancun during sea lice season.
If you are unfortunate enough to have a painful
meeting with sea lice then this site also explains the best
sea lice treatment methods with a few tidbits of advice on how
to buy any necessary creams and medication locally in Cancun.
What are Sea Lice?
Sea lice are not lice at all, they are microscopic
larvae of the thimble jellyfish (Linuche unguiculata).
About the size of speck of pepper, they float freely through the
warm seas. Areas of bare skin normally escape unscathed, but when
they filter through your bathing suit the fabric acts as a net and
their venom can be triggered leaving large red welts and blisters
- and often in the most sensitive of areas!
What are the symptoms of Sea Lice?
Skin irritation normally becomes noticeable between
4 and 24 hours after swimming and being exposed to sea lice, some
people have reported a prickling feeling while in the water.
A sea lice rash is not pretty. Large red spots,
or welts begin to form and can blister. Intense itching accompanies
the rash. The number of spots can be in the hundreds, with irritation
normally residing within a week.
Mainly due to the itchiness you may have trouble
sleeping. Other, more rare, symptoms can include, nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea, headache, muscle spasms, fever, and a general sense of
Prevention is better than cure, so click
here to read about how best you can avoid these sea critters.