Swimmer's Itch

Swimmer’s Itch

It is defined as the itching and rash after the swimming. It is mostly occurred after swimming in fresh water lakes and ponds. Other name of this is cercarial dermatitis. It is cause by the parasites which are commonly lived in water and on some mammals.


Signs and symptoms include:Swimmer's Itch Symptoms Treatment

  • Reddish pimples
  • Blisters
  • Redness over the affect area
  • Severe itching

Following parasites causes the swimmer itch:

  • Gulls
  • Ducks
  • Beavers
  • Muskrats
  • geese

It is difficult to diagnosis because it mimics the other skin allergic condition like allergic reaction against poison ivy /oak. No serological testing is available for this condition.


It can heal on its own in a week. To control the itching your doctor might give you anti histamine.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies
  • Avoid scratching
  • Apply ointment
  • Clean the affected area with clean and wet cloth
  • Soak the body in salt water
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