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Got an Itch to Swim?

Don't worry, the infection is minor

If you like to swim in the ocean or in a lake, you might find yourself scratching shortly after you come out of the water.

Don't worry, it's probably just a case of swimmer's itch, a condition the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says is usually minor. The non-contagious cercarial dermatitis is caused by an allergic reaction to infection from certain parasites on birds and mammals. The parasites are often found in shallow water near the shore.

Treatments include corticosteroid cream, cool compresses, a bath with baking soda, spreading baking soda on the rash and anti-itch creams.

Or maybe you should just stick to a dip in the bathtub.

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