Everything You Need To Know About The Swimmer’s Itch

Swimmer’s itch is a disgusting problem that can occur to any swimmer out there. Although it can occur quite easily but swimmers are affected by it pretty rarely and it is not a common disease. The reason behind it is that it does not occur from swimming in a regular pool but it occurs by swimming in an open lake or any other open water body.

Swimmer’s itch is basically a rash problem that occurs by swimming an open water body except for a regularized pool. It is caused due to parasites of aquatic birds in open water bodies such as lakes and ponds. Regularized pools are regularly cleaned using various chemicals specifically chlorine. If you feel itchy after swimming in an open water body then the most common cause of that itch is Swimmer’s itch.




Most of the people who suffer from this problem usually show the following symptoms:

  • Dark red pimples
  • High-intensity itching on the body
  • Swelling
  • Rashes

These symptoms will appear only on those parts of the body that were exposed to the affected water. If you went on fully covered with only your hands and face uncovered then the symptoms will appear only on that part. It may take up to 48 hours for the symptoms to fully show up.




The treatment for this problem is pretty simple and straight forward. However, if you don’t take these steps then you will suffer a lot of bad time due to the prevailing symptoms and may get irritated and frustrated due to this.

  • The best way to treat this problem is to stop scratching on the affected area and let the body heal itself. It is quite easy to say but requires a lot of patience in real because the temptation to scratch is too high.
  • Take shower in clear water at least 2 times a day and rinse the affected area(s) with clean water at least 4 times a day.
  • Anti-itch lotion is just perfect for controlling the itch problem.
  • Mix baking soda with water in order to make a paste and then apply it to the affected area(s). It will provide a great relief and will help in the healing process.

The good news is that this problem is not transmittable so others will not get affected with this problem through you. Furthermore, if you follow the treatment as told above then most probably in 2-3 days at most you will be perfectly okay! However, if the problem persists even after that then contact your doctor right away and explain them the whole issue. If the problem still persists then there may be a bigger problem lurking around. So, it’s good if you get yourself checked up at the soonest if the given treatment doesn’t work.

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