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Posted on: August 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Swimmer's Itch Reported at Deer Lake

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Island County Public Health receives report of swimmer’s itch in an individual who recently swam at Deer Lake on Whidbey Island.

Swimmer’s itch, or cercarial dermatitis, is a skin rash caused by a parasite released from snails that burrow into the skin. Most cases do not require medical attention and symptoms can be treated using over-the-counter remedies. Swimmer’s itch is not contagious. 

To reduce your risk, avoid swimming in places where swimmer’s itch is a known  problem, towel yourself dry or shower immediately upon leaving the water, and do not attract birds to swimming areas.

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