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Florida Panhandle beach goers warned of biting lice sea

Sea lice can cause a rash on the skin.

(Florida Department of Health)

Lifeguards on a Florida Panhandle beach have warned beachgoers of stinging sea lice lurking in the water.

The Pensacola Beach Lifeguards posted a warning to its Facebook page on Tuesday, stating that purple flags were flown at the beach to watch swimmers of the sea life, can lead to rashes and irritation.

The Florida Department of Health classified the sea lice as ” microscopic jellyfish called thimble jellyfish, and warned that the lice can cause dermatitis, with small, red bumps appear on the skin. The ministry of health also advises that people medical treatment if they were exposed to sea lice, but said the possible use of home remedies including alcohol, witchhazel, and epsom salts, to relieve pain.

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Despite the warning, the bathers, such as Eric Clevenger, continued in the water. Clevenger told WFLA, but that he had a “little itch.”

“Every now and then I get a little itch or something,” Clevenger said. “Or a little burning sensation such as itching, but that’s it.”

This microscopic image shows adult thimble jellyfish or sea lice.

(Florida Department of Health)

Another beachgoer Monica Kapatch said the lifeguards advised her to not go beyond the knee in the water.

“We stayed close to the coast and we were fine,” Kapatch told WFLA.

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Sea lice were common in the area beaches and can survive outside heated, saltwater, in COOPERATION reported. Sea lice were common from March to April in Florida beaches.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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