New Jersey Can Thank Isaias For Something Else – Sea Lice
With most of Ocean County now with the lights and air conditioning back on following tropical storm Isaias nearly a week ago, some New Jersey beach goers are starting to notice another after effect that Isaias may have dropped on our doorstep:
I'm itchy just from writing that.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, the critters have been found at a trio of South Jersey beaches in recent days, with Ocean City, Avalon, and Stone Harbor all seeing an influx of the jellyfish larvae that can cause itching and rashes.
The article goes on to say that the Sierra Club of New Jersey suspects that tropical storm Isaias likely pushed the annoying critters to New Jersey's beaches all the way from Florida (thanks again, Florida, sheesh!).
While the irritating animals have only been confirmed to the south of Ocean County so far, a Sierra Club spokesman says that we're not out of the woods, and that after arriving in the Jersey waters south of us, "they could spread north because of warm water and nutrients."
So what should you do if the sea lice get to you and you experience the condition known as "bather's eruption"? (gross!)
According to WebMD, whatever you do, don't jump into the shower or swimming pool seeking relief. That could actually make it worse.
You should basically treat it like you would poison ivy, with an over the counter anti-itch cream like hydrocortisone or calamine lotion.
An oral antihistamine like Benadryl could help too, but remember that it could make you drowsy.
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