Sea Lice in Cancun - Treatment
Ouch! the sea lice got me - what
do I do now?
Well a sea lice irritation is a kind of dermatitis
i.e. an inflammation of the skin. Many of the treatment methods
are similar to other kinds of dermatitis such as eczema.
An antihistamine such as diphenhydramine will
soothe the itching plus a hydrocortisone cream of 0.5% should be
applied. If the affect is severe then a corticosteroid steroid cream
may be considered. I am not 100% sure but I suspect this will not
require a prescription in Cancun, not a lot of things do!
For comfort applying calamine lotion will also
Safe Sea is not a
treatment it is a preventative measure
and therefore should not be applied after an attack has already
If the situation is severe then Doctors advice
should be sought. Remember, it is possible that any developing rash
while on your vacation may not be due to a sea lice attack and could
possibly be something more serious.
Typically though, if a rash develops within 24
hours following swimming in the ocean between March and August,
then there is a good chance they got you, particularly if you didn't
follow the advice contained on our sea
lice prevention page.
You should also remember that this is not contagious,
so if other members of your group and/or other vacationers are showing
similar symptoms you can bet that it is related to sea lice.
But I'm in Cancun and don't know where to get
Yes you're in Cancun but we still have pharmacies
and we also have Doctors, some of whom know what they are doing.
Most hotels will have a Hotel Doctor either resident or on call.
The large supermarkets such as Walmart, Chedarui,
Commercial Mexicana and Soriana all have large pharmacies with qualified
pharmacists. These supermarkets are all located downtown. Walmart
and Chedarui are easy to find. You can catch the bus to Walmart,
and Chedarui is also on the bus route - you'll see it on your left
hand side almost as soon as leaving the main Hotel Zone Avenue.
In the Hotel Zone there are also smaller pharmacies
who may or may not have what you require. These are too numerous
to list but a few off the top of my head:
In the Party Center near Dady O
Opposite the Blue Bay Getaway.
Just hail a cab and ask him to take you to the