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Sea bather's eruption

Sea bather's eruption: Introduction

Sea bather's eruption: A rash that can develop sometimes when swimming in the ocean. The rash forms on the skin covered by the bathing suit and is caused by an allergic response to stinging cells from the larvae of certain sea anemones and thimble jellyfish which become trapped under the bathers. Stings are most likely to occur in summer. Swimming clothes contaminated by the stinging cells can produce a reaction even weeks after they have been washed and dried as the toxins are still able to be released from trapped stinging cells. Rubbing, showering in fresh water and wearing contaminated bathing suits for a long time after getting out of the water tend make the rash worse. Symptoms other than those involving the skin may occur occasionally. The condition most often occurs in Thailand, Brazil, the Bahamas and the Philippines. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Sea bather's eruption is available below.

Symptoms of Sea bather's eruption

Treatments for Sea bather's eruption

  • Do not rub affected areas as more venom will be released, remove swimming clothes, soap and scrub skin vigorously, antihistamine, hydrocortisone cream, ice pack to relieve pain
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Sea bather's eruption: Complications

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Prognosis for Sea bather's eruption

Prognosis for Sea bather's eruption: The rash usually resolves in less than two weeks.

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