SWIMMER'S ITCH 

We’ve received notice of cases of swimmer's itch in Norwegian Bay, Green Lake Conference Center, Dickenson Bay, and Dodge Memorial County Park starting late June. If you've recently developed swimmer’s itch, please report it via this form so we can keep tabs on its prevalence:

Visiting the lake is a great way to cool off during the summer. However, even on premiere lakes like Big Green, it can come with some risk: Lakes, pools, and all bodies of water can be home to bacteria and parasites that can cause illnesses.

 

Organisms that cause this skin reaction are most commonly noticed in early summer and typically persist in the water for 4-6 weeks. Swimmer's itch is caused by an allergic reaction to a parasite that usually infects birds, snails, and other aquatic animals. It is not dangerous to humans and it is not contagious, but it can cause itching that is uncomfortable. Symptoms usually resolve within one week.

 

There are no effective ways to eliminate swimmer's itch within the water or on a beach.

WHAT SWIMMER'S ITCH LOOKS LIKE

 

HOW TO REDUCE RISK BEFORE SWIMMING

  • Applying waterproof sunscreen before swimming is believed to be effective forming a seal over the skin that reduces the occurrence of swimmer's itch.

  • Swimmers Itch Guard is a product believed to be effective at protecting skin.

  • Avoid swimming/wading in shallow, warm areas near shore or areas with more aquatic plants. Instead, swim in deeper areas, if possible.

  • Don't feed birds near swimming areas.

 

HOW TO REDUCE RISK AFTER SWIMMING

  • Use a towel to briskly dry off skin immediately after exiting the water.

  • Shower immediately.

 

TREATMENT FOR SWIMMER'S ITCH

For informational purposes only. Consult your doctor before taking/using medications.

  • Avoid scratching the area.

  • Over-the-counter antihistamines, or anti-itch topical creams (like Calamine lotion or hydrocortizone creams) can help relieve symptoms.

  • A bath with Epsom salts, baking soda, or oatmeal may help relieve itching.

  • If itching is severe or symptoms do not clear up, consider consulting your doctor.

Report Swimmer's Itch Cases here
 

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