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This is so gross.  Nasty sea lice found at Florida beaches.   Normally when you go to the beach, you want to cool off and swim, maybe get a tan or go on a nice walk. The last thing you are even worried about is getting lice.  Well, its happening at beaches in Florida.

If you’re heading to the beach this weekend you might want to plan ahead. Beachgoers are getting sea lice.  Most of us haven’t even thought about lice since Elementary school.  Well, it’s a thing here in Florida.  Sea Lice.

Hurricane Lee may be to blame for this as it is stirring up this recent return of sea lice.   Don’t panic just yet, it’s not that bad.  Sea lice aren’t like the head lice that kids get at summer camp. In fact, they really aren’t lice at all.  People in south Florida near Palm Beach are experiencing this.

What Is Sea Lice

The term “sea lice” originated during the 1950s and was described as an itchy rash experienced after swimming.  According to the Florida Department of Health, periodic outbreaks of the ‘sea lice’ have likely existed for centuries.

After a 20 year absence, the problem reappeared in the mid-1980s. The peak months for complaints about this rash are March through August. Outbreaks have intensified and become more severe over the years by the number of cases reported.

Sea Lice appears to be caused by shifts in the ocean currents, the cases are in Palm Beach and North Broward counties, where the Gulf Stream passes closest to shore.   The tiny organisms which are barely visible to the naked eye have stinging structures known as nematocysts.    When the larvae become trapped and agitated under bathing suits, their stinging structures fire.  The FDOH said it’s common to see 200 or more stings under a person’s bathing suit.

When pressure is applied — like when someone sits down on a towel — those invisible organisms release stringing cells called nemocytes that can cause itchy welts within hours. The larvae also have an affinity for hair, which is why you can sometimes lesions on your necks from hair dangling in the water and then contacting the skin.

Treatment For Sea Lice

If you get the rash can use an antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine for the itching, plus an over-the-counter 0.5% hydrocortisone cream for the rash.   Also practice good personal hygiene.  It will also help to avoid secondary bacterial infections.



Tampa Bay Beach In The Top 5 Of Best Beaches In The U.S.

A list of the best beaches in the U.S. has come out and there is a Tampa Bay beach in the Top 5. This comes from Dr. Beach, who picks the best beaches in the country. Dr. Beach’s real name is Stephen Leatherman. He is a professor in the Department of Earth & Environment at Florida International University. This is the 33rd year he’s rated the best of America’s 650 public beaches.

So, how does Dr. Beach come up with his list? He ranks the beaches based on 50 criteria. There is a focus on safety and cleanliness, whether lifeguards are present, level of development, and crowding. He also gives bonus points for beaches that ban smoking.

Since Dr. Beach lives in Florida he knows there are many great beaches in our beautiful state. Only two beaches in Florida made the Top 10 and both of them are in the Top 5. One Florida beach is the #1 overall beach and that is St. George Island in the Florida panhandle. The other Florida beach is right here in the Tampa Bay area and that is Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin/Clearwater. Caladesi comes in at #4 on the list.

Below is the list of Top 10 best beaches in the U.S.

  • St. George Island State Park, Florida Panhandle

    Located just south of Apalachicola in the Florida panhandle. Dr. Beach says that this is the #1 beach in the U.S.

    Sunset Storm and Waves on St. George Island

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  • Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

    This beach is located on west end of Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. Diamondhead volcano is also near this beach.

    Kahanamoku Beach of Honolulu

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  • Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York

    Located on Long Island. Dr. Beach says of the beach, “The beach is backed by large sand dunes covered by American beach grass interspersed with large and extravagant mansions.”

  • Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

    Tampa Bay’s very own Caladesi is the #4 beach in the U.S. Dr. Beach says about the beach, “The white beach is composed of crystalline quartz sand which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge, inviting one to take a dip in the sparkling clear waters.”

    Walking on Caladesi Island

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  • Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks of North Carolina

    Located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Hatteras Island. Lighthouse Beach comes in at #5.

    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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  • Coronado Beach, San Diego

    Coronado Beach comes in at #6. The beach is almost 2 miles long It has United States’ Naval Base beaches on both sides of it.

    Feather Grass and Boulders

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  • Wailea Beach, Maui, Hawaii

    Wailea means “the water of Lea”, who is the goddess of canoe makers. The water is clear, so you will see people snorkeling ion the waters.

    Maui sunset

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  • Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

    Located southwest of of Charleston, South Carolina. Beachwalker Park comes in at #8 on Dr. Beach’s list. I hope it is called Beachwalker because a lot of people love to walk the beach.

    On the beach at Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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  • Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

    Located on the southern end of the Island of Kauai in Hawaii. There are underwater sea caverns and coral reefs for snorkeling. The sand is ideal for sunbathing as well.

    Palm trees on the sandy beach in Hawaii

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  • Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

    Located on the eastern edge of Cape Cod. Comes in #10 on the list.

    Cape Cod Two Fences

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