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Re: Pica Pica #107196
08/13/05 03:26 PM
08/13/05 03:26 PM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 31
Houston, Texas
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We were in AC the second week in July and two of my sons got what we were told was pica pica. They both had a rash on their lower backs and was very itchy. When we returned to US I took them to the doctor and he had no idea what it was and gave them some ointment. The rash and itching went away less than two weeks.

Re: Pica Pica #107197
08/13/05 03:42 PM
08/13/05 03:42 PM
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 159
southern california
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We were recently on the Big Island of HI, and I got stung by similiar organisms. Our boat captain had a spray bottle of vinegar, spritz'd me, and 5 minutes later I could barely feel the stings. She said you can also pee on the stings (as they say for jellyfish), but I requested the vinegar.

This may not be the same creature, but maybe vinegar is a good treatment for Pica Pica also.

Re: Pica Pica #107198
08/13/05 07:34 PM
08/13/05 07:34 PM
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 105
San Francisco
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Safe Sea works for some, but it certainly didn't stop the sea lice from stinging me. I was in Roatan in late April and May and came home with multiple stings in spite of wearing Safe Sea on my dives. I have seen many posts here that state it worked for others.

If you are a diver and wear neoprene, be sure to get the Safe Sea with no SPF in it--the SFP eats the neoprene. laugh

Re: Pica Pica #107199
08/14/05 09:59 AM
08/14/05 09:59 AM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 4
Richmond Texas
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John in Denver...thanks for the reply....will make certain my divers are protected. 6-8 of us going in May...I am the only non diver.

Re: Pica Pica #107200
08/22/05 05:52 PM
08/22/05 05:52 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 3
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How does June fare for these pica pica (sea lice) Or should we as snorkelers wait until July cool

Re: Pica Pica #107201
08/23/05 12:47 PM
08/23/05 12:47 PM
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 209
Crofton, MD
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Two mid/late June visits for us and no evidence of pica pica during either trip. Tulu told us that it was long gone at that time of year. cool

Re: Pica Pica #107202
08/23/05 05:11 PM
08/23/05 05:11 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 5,555
Birdland - 1 mile north
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Pica Pica, like the weather, is unpredictable. It depends on the temperature of the water. Just like cats and dogs, the jelly fish seem to ‘come into heat.’ Some years it is as early as April and others as late as June.
As the ocean temperature heats up those little Thimble Jelly’s start laying their eggs.
So, it is really hard to out figure it. By the same token, you can dive at one dive site and not have any and a little ways away have a lot. These larvae drift with the tides.
Everything that has been mentioned works – sometimes. Think of it like Poison Oak or Poison Ivy – if you go into the woods it will probably be there! JUST BEWARE!
Grease up –
Wash off –
Wash your swim suits – latex skins – wet suits well with soapy water and hang in the sun for a short period of time.
Here is an example of where it is better to get pissed on than pissed off. (sorry – couldn’t help myself)
RELAX – DON’T WORRY! Either you get it or you don’t

Take only pictures leave only bubbles
Re: Pica Pica #107203
08/23/05 06:43 PM
08/23/05 06:43 PM
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 3
jbilicska Offline
jbilicska  Offline
Thanks for all the helpful info. cool

Re: Pica Pica #107204
08/23/05 08:20 PM
08/23/05 08:20 PM
Joined: Nov 2004
Posts: 119
Connecticut, USA
SuzyQ Offline OP
SuzyQ  Offline OP
Looks like we are coming in May so we will stock up on sea safe!

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