Virginia beachgoers report rise in sea lice stings

Published: Jul. 12, 2019 at 7:49 AM EDT
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CBS-affiliate WTKR reports, Oceanfront lifeguards said they saw an increase in reports of people being stung by sea lice.

Sea lice are jellyfish larvae and are commonly found in the Atlantic Ocean.

On Thursday, Oceanfront beachgoers told CBS3 reporters they were only in the water for a few minutes before they started to feel a tingling sensation.

It is unclear why there has been an increase of sea lice at the beach this week, but lifeguards advise if you are stung, the best thing to do is rinse yourself and your bathing suit with fresh water.

The larvae are tiny, so they often get stuck in the netting of bathing suits and people's hair.

The most common side effect is a rash or bumps but typically disappear shortly after rinsing with fresh water.