causes swimmers itch?
Swimmers itch is a condition that results when the larval form of a
waterfowl parasite (called cercariae) accidentally penetrate into the
skin of sensitive individuals. The parasites die, but cause an allergic
are the symptoms of swimmers itch?
A reddened spot appears where the parasite attempts to penetrate the
skin, much like a mosquito bite. The spot may increase in size and become
raised, and is usually accompanied by itching. The symptoms disappear
in a few days to a week.
swimmers itch a health hazard?
No. The swimmers itch organism is not parasitic to humans and causes
no human diseases. No treatment is required for the rash, the rash will
go away naturally in a few days, and there are no lasting effects. The
itching can be controlled by the same lotions used for mosquito bites
and other itching rashes.
swimmers itch related to water quality?
No. The presence of swimmers itch is not related to pollution or poor
water quality. It is a natural life cycle. Although it has been present
in the state for many years, it has never been a significant nuisance
problem in most New Hampshire lakes.
there any way to prevent the appearance of swimmers itch?
No. Although very few New Hampshire lakes have had reported cases of
swimmers itch, there is no guaranteed way to prevent their occurrence.
There is, however, a step that will reduce the likelihood of their presence.
That step is Don't Feed the Ducks. And don't import or raise ducks or
geese along the shore. Ducks are a common adult host of the parasite
and the appearance of the parasite is frequently associated with a duck
population that is artificially enlarged because of feeding and that
congregates near people because of feeding.
can I avoid swimmers itch?
If the organism is already present in your lake, the following steps
can be taken to reduce the chances of encounter.