Can you prevent Swimmers Itch?

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Swimmer's Itch

Swimmers Itch is a short-term immune reaction occurring in the skin of humans that have been infected by water-borne schistosomatidae.

It is an itchy rash that can occur after you go swimming or wading outdoors.

It may cause fever, diarrhea, anemia, and liver failure.

About 1/3 people will have swimmer's itch in their lifetime.

It is from the pathogen Helminth found in small, infested waters.

Your health-care provider may suggest prescription-strength lotions or creams to lessen your symptoms.

Spread from person to person does not occur.

How can you prevent it?

  • Towel off immediately after swimming or wading in infested water to help in preventing rash development
  • Swim in water away from the shore.
  • Avoid swimming in areas where snails have accumulated.
  • Don't encourage birds to stay near swimming areas by feeding them
  • Wear rubber boots in infested waters