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jellyfish stings? #98726
03/09/05 12:46 PM
03/09/05 12:46 PM
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Nantucket Ma
heatherack Offline OP
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Just returned from a great 2 weeks on Ambergris...not a bad word to say about the island; people are especially terrific. One question...has anyone else been stung by jellyfish larva while swimming? I have bumps that are extremely itchy, and more seem to be appearing even though my last swim was Saturday a.m. They are itchier now than when first spotted. They feel like chicken pox ( to the best of my's been about 40 years!) Any info on how to deal with the problem would be appreciated!

Re: jellyfish stings? #98727
03/09/05 02:36 PM
03/09/05 02:36 PM
Joined: Jan 2003
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SimonB Offline

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Pica Pica. Too late to do anything now, right when you get it spraying with anything containing ammonia helps (windex, pee (have a friend help or you may hurt yourself), etc.).

There's been plenty of debate over what Pica Pica is but Green Reef reported it as being an algae bloom that happens to occur around the same time the thimble jellyfish appear.

Doing a search in the forums will give you more information.

Re: jellyfish stings? #98728
03/09/05 04:57 PM
03/09/05 04:57 PM
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,461
Belize City
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Eurax loton. Antihistimine if you need it.

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Re: jellyfish stings? #98729
03/09/05 05:04 PM
03/09/05 05:04 PM
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 153
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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To prevent use Safe Sea (, you can buy it on the interent, not sure if you can get it on the island. We brought it last year in April, used it the first two days, but didn't run into any. Did meet one lady that had it where her wet suit ended around her neck. Seems the affected areas are where they get trapped by clothing. Check with your guides as well, some will carry a spray bottle of ammonia just in case.

Re: jellyfish stings? #98730
03/10/05 07:37 AM
03/10/05 07:37 AM
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Nantucket Ma
heatherack Offline OP
heatherack  Offline OP
Any idea how long the welts last? My husband and daughter had some stings too, but theirs are almost gone. Mine seem to be getting more and more itchy. I think it was 1 week ago tomorrow that we got them. I saw some things about pica pica but most of the entries were from years ago...

Re: jellyfish stings? #98731
03/10/05 08:28 AM
03/10/05 08:28 AM
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Maple Grove, MN USA
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I find the algae bloom theory interesting, it might explain a few things. About 10 years ago we did a couple of dives in Cozumel where we dropped off the boat into billions of thimbles. The vis was great, and there was nothing but those little buggers as far as you could see, and going down a good thirty or forty feet, none of them more than 6 inches from any of its buddies. We had 8 divers in our party, most wearing shorties, but a few without. We also sat on the surface right in the midst of these things for a good ten minutes before everyone was back on the boat. End result, not one "sting", not one rash or enexplained discomfort. Interesting.

Been there, done that, the washing machine ate the T-shirt
Re: jellyfish stings? #98732
03/10/05 11:47 AM
03/10/05 11:47 AM
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Posts: 23
Prior Lake, MN
Ivana Snorkel Offline
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Safe Sea is available at dive shops but costs about $30 BZ.

Re: jellyfish stings? #98733
03/10/05 06:45 PM
03/10/05 06:45 PM
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Rockport, Maine
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hmmm...I thought pica pica usually showed up in April or early

not gonna tell my g'daughter or she'll NEVER get in the H2O

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Re: jellyfish stings? #98734
03/10/05 07:22 PM
03/10/05 07:22 PM
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SimonB Offline

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Seems to be early, this isn't the first case. My friend got hit with it late last week as well.

Re: jellyfish stings? #98735
03/10/05 09:09 PM
03/10/05 09:09 PM
Joined: Nov 2000
Posts: 6,251
NYgal Offline
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The thimbles were out in late January and we weren't bothered.

Trust me, they would have seeked me out...itchy things like me laugh

But come to think of it, while we were on mainland the no seeums didn't seek me either smile
Yeah... cool

I guess it all depends on where you are when they are there too eek

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