June 15, 2016 – Devil’s Lake State Park has had some confirmed cases of swimmer’s itch reported. Signs will be posted today.
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 the Wisconsin Dept. of Health and Family Services – Disease Fact Sheet Swimmer’s Itch