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Swimmer's Itch

Swimmer's itch is a temporary skin infection caused by a parasite found in some lakes and ponds. Swimmer's itch appears during warm weather, typically beginning in June and reaching a peak in July and August. Generally, the rash heals within a week or more, but may persist due to scratching or secondary infections. Should a skin infection occur, consult a physician.  

Bathers should always rub down briskly with a coarse towel when emerging from the water since the larvae do not penetrate the skin until the water evaporates.

• Showering immediately after leaving the water may reduce infection.
• Applying waterproof sunscreen may also help reduce the number of larvae penetrating the skin.
• Use a fresh towel every time you go swimming.

You can find more information on swimmer's itch on the CDC website or contact your local health unit office and ask to speak with a Public Health inspector.