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Nursing. 2019 Jan;49(1):40-43. doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000549726.99691.05.

Warm water hazard: Sea lice and seabather's eruption.

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Myles Thomas Quail is an RN for surveillance at the Massachusetts Bureau of Environmental Health in Boston, Mass.


Nurses may see patients who have recently returned from tropical vacations complaining of a severe pruritic dermatitis known as seabather's eruption (SBE). Caused by exposure to jellyfish larvae, SBE is characterized by a pruritic rash, but some patients, particularly children, experience systemic signs and symptoms such as fever, chills, and nausea/vomiting. This article discusses SBE and reviews assessment tips, nursing care, and patient teaching.

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