Swimmer's Itch is Summer Threat

By: Ali Gorman
By: Ali Gorman

While wading in the lake is a great way to cool off in the summer, kids may be at risk of getting a skin rash commonly known as "Swimmer's Itch." It is a red, itchy rash that is caused my parasites in the water.

Symptoms may occur 12 to 24 hours after swimming and may last up to one week.

No cases have been reported yet this year. Doctors say if you are affected, using over-the-counter anti-itch creams and Benadryl may help reduce the itching.

"Swimmer's Itch" may be avoided by reducing the amount of time spent in the water, avoiding swimming while there is an onshore wind and toweling off immediately after swimming.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov\healthswimming.


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