Topic: Lakes

Keyword: Health Issues


'Swimmer's itch' found in at least 3 Utah reservoirs

Excerpt: Low water levels, high temperatures and an abundance of aquatic snails have combined this year to cause an outbreak of "swimmer's itch" in the reservoir at Steinaker State Park.

Excerpt: The park has recorded "seven to 10" cases of cercarial dermatitis the scientific term for the skin condition commonly known as swimmer's itch so far this summer, Murray said. It's the first time since 1999 that a case has been reported, he said.

"Usually it's kids that get it," Murray said, noting that children tend to spend more time playing in the warmer water near the shore.

Excerpt: A typical case of swimmer's itch causes discomfort for two or three days. It can be treated with topical ointments and over-the-counter antihistamines, Blake said. More severe cases, however, can last longer and may mask a more serious problem.