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Seabather's Eruption Overview

What is seabather's eruption?
A person with seabather's eruption has an allergic reaction to jellyfish larvae, that become trapped beneath a swim suit while bathing in salt water. Seabather's eruption only occurs in salt water, and is most common on the east coast of Florida. It is similar to swimmer's itch, which is caused by a different parasite that is found mainly in fresh water, but may occur in salt water.

What are the symptoms of seabather's eruption?
Symptoms of seabather's eruption include a red, itchy rash that occurs on the skin covered by a swimsuit.

How does the doctor treat seabather's eruption?
Treatment for seabather's eruption may include gentle skin cleansing, corticosteroid creams or lotions, oatmeal baths, and oral antihistamines for itching.

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