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Re: Pica Pica #84289
04/13/04 01:15 PM
04/13/04 01:15 PM
Joined: Sep 2002
Posts: 39
Kansas City
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Pica pica is very common this time of year. We noticed it mostly between the surface to 15ft. The pica pica sores were located around the neck and arm openings of our wetsuits. It is treated by vinegar, not ammonia. Make sure the dive boat has vinegar solution on board or get some at the grocery store in town. One of our divers was bitten up so much that he stopped diving and took Benadryl for a couple of days to keep to sores at bay. Pica pica is not dangerous and shouldn't prevent you from enjoying your diving/snorkeling.

Re: Pica Pica #84290
04/13/04 01:45 PM
04/13/04 01:45 PM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 153
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Phyllis&Ray Offline OP
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kcwaterbug, was this just recently ?? With the Sea Safe I am hoping a vinegar or ammonia bath will not be necessary !!
We will be snorkeling, not diving, so am very interested in the current conditions, so I will definately ask a few questions (over a couple of Belikins) to folks when we get there !!

Re: Pica Pica #84291
04/13/04 06:25 PM
04/13/04 06:25 PM
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Phyllis, please be sure to come back well! And then let us know how the SafeSea worked for you. TIA

A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where will they build their nest?

Re: Pica Pica #84292
04/13/04 06:26 PM
04/13/04 06:26 PM
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suntam Offline
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I just bought tow bottles too. Does anyone know if it protects against mosquitos too?

Re: Pica Pica #84293
04/13/04 07:13 PM
04/13/04 07:13 PM
Joined: Dec 2003
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We were there 2 weeks ago and as soon as we got to Portfino, they were pointed out to us. They look like small brown floaties on the surface of the water. The tradewinds send them into the shore but none at the end of the dock. A few days later we were on the ferry and the owner of one of the resorts had his 4 year old son on the boat, he was covered with what looked liked mosquitoe bites near where his shorts ended, and was quite itchy, they were heading into town to buy calamine lotion (which must work) as they do have it in the pharmacy. His Dad told us you know after the sun goes down that you have been stung, not while it was happening.
The good news is that they were gone the next day.

Re: Pica Pica #84294
04/13/04 08:36 PM
04/13/04 08:36 PM
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Posts: 88
sf ca usa
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i got my first jellyfish sting last year in seine bight. i exited the water, pulled on my dress & walked to dave's grocery store for a dollar bottle of vinegar. after washing my welts several times with the vinegar over say, 20 minutes, the welts were gone, soreness vanished. i am sure it will work for the pica pica too. i'd be concerned about the extras in windex that are not ammonia (peeyeew) especially for those with sensitive skin.


Re: Pica Pica #84295
04/14/04 12:35 AM
04/14/04 12:35 AM
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New Mexico
sisty Offline
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I ordered some SafeSea today for our trip next week, from They are offering free shipping - one week only.

Re: Pica Pica #84296
04/14/04 08:24 AM
04/14/04 08:24 AM
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There is an interesting article in this weeks San Pedro Sun

It talks about there being different forms of pica pica. People will react differently depending on what type they encounter and also on their individual sensitivity to the allergic reaction. It also talks about how you will not always be able to see the pica pica and that the brown thimble jellyfish that you see this time of year is not what actually gives you the pica pica.

It should also be mentioned that prevention is best accomplished by not wearing unnecessary items like wet suits or tee shirts. One normally gets the pica pica when it becomes trapped between your skin and outer items like a wet suit. It will normally not sting you if it can slide past you and not get trapped. As was mentioned in a previous post, the rashes will show up where clothing has allowed it to become trapped, like under your wet suit or swim trunks.

It also helps to apply oil to these areas to facilitate the pica pica to slide past. That is why many of the local commercial fisherman swimming for conch this time of year use vasoline. I have not tried the SafeSea, but have heard good reports about it. I use a local product from Mayan Secrets,, the cahune oil as a preventative and their Rain Forest Refresher for when I get it to help with the itching. Now last year when I talked about using oil, some of the people expressed their objection to using an oil. This oil is from a plant and not a petroleum product. But if some of you still object, that is fine. Enjoy your itching while thinking you are saving the planet.

It also helps to remove everything and rinse off as soon as possible. I carry fresh water on my boat for this purpose and require all attractive female divers to do this as soon as they exit the water. laugh

If you take all these precautions and still get it, try taking antihistamines and applying the different remedies mentioned.

Re: Pica Pica #84297
04/14/04 08:55 AM
04/14/04 08:55 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 54
Dallas, TX
alaurieb Offline
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How long does Pica Pica "season" last?
What months is it "common"?

Re: Pica Pica #84298
04/14/04 06:48 PM
04/14/04 06:48 PM

Seashell - yes, we still keep SafeSea, and some other products. Stocks are running down, though - can't say exactly how much as I'm not in Belize at present.
Reports we get on SafeSea are that it is very effective. Which is why we keep it - it's only really a "marginal" product for us.

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