Swimmer’s Itch Reported

Swimmer’s Itch Reported

Swimmers itch has been reported at Devil’s Lake State Park in the last few days. Swimmer’s itch is generally reported at the park every year. It is a dermatitis caused by a small fluke which penetrates the skin. It is not dangerous or contagious but it can be uncomfortable. In some people it is hardly noticeable while others may have severe itching, swelling, and fever. The symptoms usually go away in about a week. Swimmer’s itch is usually noted in the early summer and will be posted around the park. To help minimize your risk;

1. Wear waterproof suntan lotion or baby oil
2. Try to swim when offshore winds are not present
3. Rub briskly with a towel immediately after leaving the water
4. Showering after swimming may also help.

Want More Information about swimmer’s itch?

Visit “Swimmer’s Itch, The Authorized Homepage.”

More? – Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services – Disease Fact Sheet Swimmer’s Itch

2 comments


    1. Author
      derrick

      Swimmer’s Itch is common in summer, however, not everyone is sensitive to it. Once it’s been reported (which it is every year) we post that info. From there folks should just be aware and take standard precautions (mentioned above) from then on through the season.

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