What is Swimmers Itch?
Swimmers Itch (also known as Cercarial dermatitis, Lake Itch and Duck Itch) is an itchy rash that is caused by a certain type of parasite (
As part of their life-cycle, these parasites are released on warm sunny days and migrate through the water. They then reattach to swimmers by burrowing into the skin. Humans are not good
All age groups and both sexes can get swimmers itch. Children are most often infected due to their habit of swimming or wading in shallow water and playing on the beach, allowing lake water to evaporate.
An individual may get the infection by swimming or wading in infested water and then allowing
What are the symptoms of Swimmers Itch?
Repeated exposure increases a person’s allergic sensitivity to the parasite and increases the likelihood of rash development. Symptoms may appear within 1-2 hours of exposure. An initial tingling sensation may be felt associated with penetration of the parasite into the skin. The
What is the treatment of Swimmers Itch?
There is no necessary treatment. Swimmers Itch is
When can you get Swimmers Itch?
First outbreaks usually occur in late May or early June and last up to one month.
What can be done to reduce the chances of getting Swimmers Itch?
Toweling off immediately after swimming or wading in infested water.
Swim in water away from the shore.
Avoid swimming in areas where the snails have accumulated.
Don’t encourage birds to stay near swimming areas by feeding them.
How can I prevent or control Swimmers Itch?
Copper Sulfate is toxic to snail hosts. Call Aquacide Company for assistance 800-328-9350.
Topical application of a water-resistant insect repellent with DEET.
Water resistant sun cream with
.1-1% niclosamidehas been shown to be a highly reliable protectant