Bug bites appear after beaching in Cozumel??

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#1
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We returned from Splendour with about 20 small, slightly itchy bug bites on us. I do not recall seeing or feeling any bugs or bites on me the whole time we were there; do they have those "no see ums" on the beaches there that appear gradually (the welts, itching) over the next few days???

The reason I ask is that I am really hoping we did not get eaten by bed bugs on Splendour!!! Cozumel is the only port we went to, so it was there or on the ship!!

Would appreciate any insights!

Im washing all luggage contents in hot water, vacuuming out our luggage just in case!
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When we were in Roatan the same thing happened to us. We didn't even feel being bitten on the beach but after showers that night we had red spots all over our legs. We were told they were sand flea bites. They went away in a few days
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Sand fleas sounds like a possibility, the sea lice looks too severe to be what I have (but thanks for the info, had never heard of that!). My only worry is that I really didnt' even notice the welts/itching until about 2 days after leaving Cozumel????
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I'm not saying that there isn't a possibility of bugs on the beach in Cozumel, but I haven't ever encountered any during the week long vacations we've taken there.
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Originally posted by lindalu62
We returned from Splendour with about 20 small, slightly itchy bug bites on us. I do not recall seeing or feeling any bugs or bites on me the whole time we were there; do they have those "no see ums" on the beaches there that appear gradually (the welts, itching) over the next few days???

The reason I ask is that I am really hoping we did not get eaten by bed bugs on Splendour!!! Cozumel is the only port we went to, so it was there or on the ship!!

Would appreciate any insights!

Im washing all luggage contents in hot water, vacuuming out our luggage just in case!
I used to live in Cuba and this time of year we were worned about going into the water. Apparently, there are micro-organisms called hydroids (sp?) that float on the surface of the water. They would get under the skin and cause a rash/itching for a few days. Not sure if Cozumel has these, but this sounds a lot like what we were used to in Cuba. We were told to take benadryl and use calamine lotion for relief.
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What are sea lice, and do I need to be treated??? Would the bites continue to increase in number up to 3 days after leaving the beach?? No new bites since leaving the ship.
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I had them in August after going to Coz. I even went to the med office on the ship--I thought they may be bed bugs. i never figured out what they were. they lasted about a week.
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we have been in Cozumel the last ten years and have NEVER had a bug bite not ONE ,
BUT some friends of ours were there last week on vacation and they got bug bites BIG time , BRING BUG SPRAY , I feel this is from some chance because of the hurrican , They thought it was from the beach , so maybe wise to rent a launge chair , But I think the place they were staying at had launge chairs , So again in Cozumel bring bug spray , also Playa or Majahaul they were all hit by Wilma
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When staying in Cancun a few years ago we got these. We tried bathing in Vinegar which seemed to help, but there is really no cure. they are like our Chiggers and will eventually die, but do not scratch. The best defense against these is to wash off immediately after leaving the ocean, including in your swimsuit as they like that place the best, YUK. We leave for Cozumel next month and I am glad to know these are around so that I take the proper precautions.
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If the bits come from something in the ocean , you could try to treat like lake Itch ,
before going IN water put baby oil on , johnson has a nice baby oil gel that is great after getting out of the water , DO NOT rub down as this can rub bug in that borrow into the skin , instead shower off , if there are showers , do not let ocean water dry on skin , shower off right away , then go back and enjoy the hot sun ,
This info given us from the DNR at our lake place
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I got one nasty bite on my foot - so I suspect it's sand fleas. An anti-histamine cream helped.
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Do these sea lice stay on your body and continue biting even after bathing, etc.??? I ask because I got new bites for 3 days after being on the beach while on the ship, then they stopped after leaving the ship. Went home, suspected bed bugs. Now, have been home for 3 days, and woke up with 4 new bites, same symptoms this morning!!!! Woke up scratching at 530 am. No new bites between leaving the ship and this morning (3 days). Other people mentioned sand fleas too. Do they travel home with you??? Not sure what to think of this!!! I have washed all my luggage contents in hot soapy water, was careful to try to not contaminate my home since I was suspecting bed bugs. Then, vacuumed out all my luggage and put it into the attic. UGGGH!!!
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Have you seen a doctor about this? I would seriously consider seeking professional advice because of the fact that you are still having new bites. I wouldn't want it to get worse!
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#16
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I've never had a problem like this before. But this cruise we are bringing all the kids. Should I bring a specific type of bug spray? I don't want my 2 and 3 yr. old daughters to have bites all over, I think the itching would make them miserable! I know the beach we are going to has freshwater showers, hopefully that will help? Thanks for any advice on the spray....
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Originally posted by lindalu62
Do these sea lice stay on your body and continue biting even after bathing, etc.??? I ask because I got new bites for 3 days after being on the beach while on the ship, then they stopped after leaving the ship. Went home, suspected bed bugs. Now, have been home for 3 days, and woke up with 4 new bites, same symptoms this morning!!!! Woke up scratching at 530 am. No new bites between leaving the ship and this morning (3 days). Other people mentioned sand fleas too. Do they travel home with you??? Not sure what to think of this!!! I have washed all my luggage contents in hot soapy water, was careful to try to not contaminate my home since I was suspecting bed bugs. Then, vacuumed out all my luggage and put it into the attic. UGGGH!!!
I have never had sand fleas bother me after the fact. Sounds like it could be bed bugs!
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I know they are common, but do they hitch a ride home with you and continure biting well after leaving the beach and ship???????

May be calling an exterminator if this keeps up!!
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If you are from a cold weather climate , I suggest to keep your luggage outside when you return home this could freeze the critters out