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What is swimmer's itch?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Swimmer's itch (cercarial dermatitis) is a rash caused by an allergic reaction to several parasites. At first you feel a pricking or itching sensation as the bugs attack; this can last five minutes to an hour. About fifteen hours later, a more intense itchy rash comes and peaks over the next two or three days. Kids may also develop nausea and a fever. Using topical anti-itch creams can help, and it may be wise to rub a 20 percent copper sulfate ointment on the skin before swimming to prevent the bugs from latching on in the first place.
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