Swimmer’s Itch Advisory Posted
Haliburton’s health unit wants us to reduce our risk of illness after swimming in local lakes or rivers.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says Swimmer’s Itch is a condition caused by a parasite which can penetrate a person’s skin.
About one-third of people who come in contact with the parasites get an allergic reaction, which can cause a red spots, rashes and itchiness for a few days.
The condition does not need treatment, as it’s more of a nuisance than a medical problem, although lotions can bring some relief.
Swimmers are also encouraged to swim away from the shoreline, avoid areas where snails have accumulated, dry themselves off with a rough towel as soon as they get out of the water, and have a shower as quickly as possible.
Written by: Andreas Pandikiu