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Re: Pica Pica Warning #53576
06/01/02 12:57 PM
06/01/02 12:57 PM
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 137
Belize
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ah, gotcha

I missed it. Probably something Watt posted drunk and thought better of it in the sober mode? Haha!

Re: Pica Pica Warning #53577
06/01/02 10:58 PM
06/01/02 10:58 PM
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I am suffering with you Scuba Lady. Went snorkeling 2 days ago and got hit hard with the nasty things. I spent all night trying to claw my skin off. Today a friend offered a remedy from a Belize city pharmacy. Labeled Pica Pica Remedy. Smells alot like ammonia and feels like it also has a watery lotion mixed in. Stings going on but does seem to give some relief. I only wish I had checked the board before going on my trip. I feel your pain.


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Re: Pica Pica Warning #53578
06/02/02 12:24 AM
06/02/02 12:24 AM
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Caye Caulker
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My son Robbie a dive master at Ramon's swears by windex w/ ammonia and meat tenderizer for after the fact... hope it helps.... Maralyn

Re: Pica Pica Warning #53579
06/02/02 08:01 AM
06/02/02 08:01 AM
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Posts: 137
Belize
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Not sure about the windex but have used meat tenderizer before for jelly fish stings and it works like a charm. Something about the enzymes in it neutralizing the toxins.

Re: Pica Pica Warning #53580
06/02/02 09:02 AM
06/02/02 09:02 AM
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Posts: 137
Belize
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A friend told me last night about a product a local dive operator turned him onto here.
Said it worked within a few minutes and didn't have to spend days recovering.

I can't endorse the product because I haven't used it but here's the website.

If anyone tries it, please post your results for future reference. I'd like to know if it works as well as he says. Sure would make a lot of divers more comfortable.
http://www.wipeawaypain.com

Re: Pica Pica Warning #53581
06/02/02 09:13 PM
06/02/02 09:13 PM
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Just went snorkeling yesterday with a great guide at Hol Chan....and only the guide got stung (one small spot)---I put plenty of sun tan lotion on the especially vulnerable spots..no problems! The guide also said that it is only that one particular spot (Hol Chan) that they have pica pica..and it is because of the channel through the area. I really wouldn't worry---we were there for about 2 hours with no problems!

Good Luck!
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Re: Pica Pica Warning #53582
06/02/02 09:15 PM
06/02/02 09:15 PM
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OH-I forgot to add earlier...they guide said they'd be around probably through July...just to let you know!

Re: Pica Pica Warning #53583
06/03/02 07:47 AM
06/03/02 07:47 AM
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London, England
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Hello all - we have just come back from San Pedro - been there for 2.5 weeks - diving everyday and did not see or hear of anyone having been stung - so get too panicky - you have got to be a bit unlucky to get stung xxx

Re: Pica Pica Warning #53584
06/03/02 04:16 PM
06/03/02 04:16 PM
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Posts: 137
Belize
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It's not just Hol Chan. It's a sporadic thing in different areas. They drift with the water.

Re: Pica Pica Warning #53585
06/03/02 04:38 PM
06/03/02 04:38 PM
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bucks county, PA
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just heard from vicki...she said it rained a bit last night and they are dispersing. her dive guides think it should only last a few more days [Linked Image]

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