Swimmer’s Itch

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Swimmer’s Itch is annoying and can lead to uncomfortable nights, very itchy skin and mild infections from scratching. It is present in our lakes, especially once the water begins to heat up. These little bacteria burrow under our skin and create welts that are very itchy:

Swimmers itch parasite

The bacteria can’t survive under our skin, and pose no threat to our health, but they are able to make us very uncomfortable.

The easy way to prevent it is to stop feeding the ducks. Yes, the ducks! If ducks are constantly near your dock or swimming area, their feces are the first step in creating the conditions necessary for swimmers itch.

Here is the life cycle of swimmer’s itch: