Why Are Connecticut People So Itchy Lately? It Might Be The Swim You Took
Have you been scratching yourself a bit more than normal?
Do you feel itchier than normal? If you answered yes to either of those questions, the answer may be in the water. According to NBC CT, multiple cases of Swimmer's Itch have been reported in the Nutmeg State, specifically at Greenwich beaches.
What is Swimmer's Itch?
The CDC says "Swimmer’s itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, appears as a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to certain parasites that infect some birds and mammals. These microscopic parasites are released from infected snails into fresh and salt water (such as lakes, ponds, and oceans). While the parasite’s preferred host is the specific bird or mammal, if the parasite comes into contact with a swimmer, it burrows into the skin causing an allergic reaction and rash. Swimmer’s itch is found throughout the world and is more frequent during summer months. Most cases of swimmer’s itch do not require medical attention."
If you're dealing with a bout of "the itch", the CDC says you can:
- Use corticosteroid cream
- Apply cool compresses to the affected areas
- Bathe in Epsom salts or baking soda
- Soak in colloidal oatmeal baths
- Apply baking soda paste to the rash (made by stirring water into baking soda until it reaches a paste-like consistency)
- Use an anti-itch lotion
I don't know about you, but as soon as I saw the word itch, I got itchy and started scratching like a madman. But I actually think I am experiencing some swimmer's itch after my weekend on Candlewood Lake. Usually the lake infects my inner ear like a son of a pup but this time it got my skin.
The good news: Swimmer's Itch is not contagious so you can still make sweet loving if you choose to. We spoke about this on the Tuesday edition of the I-95 Morning Show, listen below.
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