Sea lice will leave you with red itchy bumps after a dip in our warm waters-especially during the summer months.
Florida has seen thousands of beach-goers stung by jellyfish so far this season.
The organisms are common on beaches in the area during summer when the water is warm, he told the newspaper, but they can not live outside of salt water.More news: Late night hosts unite to clapback at Trump's insults
Pensacola is now flying purple flags, indicating the presence of potentially risky marine life, after reports of sea lice in the water.
Dave Greenwood, director of public safety for the beach, told the Pensacola News Journal that the lice are tiny jellyfish larvae and jellyfish cells.
Florida's DoH says they can be prevalent from March through August at 250 miles of Florida beaches from the southern Atlantic up to the Panhandle.
Their stings can cause a red, itchy rash, also known as sunbathers eruption, that begins to appear around 4 to 24 hours after exiting the water.More news: Mom shoots man who lured daughter online, tried to break into home
The name "sea lice" is technically a misnomer as real sea lice are a parasite that only affect fish. They are the larvae of the thimble jellyfish, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The little creatures release stinging cells that can get stuck on skin or in hair and can cause a highly irritating rash that is accompanied by a stinging sensation. There is also evidence that sunscreen can help protect the skin from stings. Female swimmers wearing one-piece suits and children and adults wearing T-shirts in the water can be at risk of a more severe reaction, the Florida Department of Health says. We also have purple flags in the air due to sea lice (small jelly fish) please keep in mind to drink plenty of water and apply lots of sunscreen.
If you're already experiencing symptoms, use an oral antihistamine to relieve itching.
Once you take off your swimsuit, thoroughly wash it with detergent and heat-dry it to ensure you don't have any recurring symptoms next time you wear it.More news: Of The 16 2018 FIFA World Cup Round Of 16 Spots Confirmed!