Cercarial Dermatitis

Common Name(s)

Cercarial Dermatitis, Swimmer's Itch

Cercarial dermatitis, also known as swimmer's itch, is an itchy rash that occurs most commonly after swimming or wading in shallow areas of freshwater lakes and ponds. It may also occur after swimming in salt water.

Cercarial dermatitis is an allergic reaction to tiny parasites that live on water birds and other animals that live near water (geese, ducks, muskrats, beavers). They can attach to humans and burrow into the skin; however, because humans do not make good hosts for the parasites, they die within a few days typically. The rash also generally resolves in a few days. The rash may begin minutes up to days after swimming in infested water and looks like reddish pimples or blisters on exposed skin. Continued exposure to the parasites can make the rash worse. Avoid scratching the rash to prevent infection. Cercarial dermatitis is not contagious; therefore, you cannot catch it from someone that is affected. Please see your doctor or a dermatologist if you have similar symptoms after swimming.

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The terms "Cercarial Dermatitis" returned 14 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

[Cercarial dermatitis of bathers in northern Argentine Patagonia].
 

Author(s): Aylén A Veleizán, Verónica R Flores, Gustavo P Viozzi

Journal: Medicina (B Aires). 2016 ;76(1):25-9.

 

The cercarial dermatitis is a zoonotic, summer, skin-disease, caused by a swimming larva (cercaria) of a schistosomatid trematode. This larva accidentally penetrates the skin of people in the water, causing an allergic reaction, which is not always reported in health centers, so it ...

Last Updated: 1 Feb 2016

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Identification of a major causative agent of human cercarial dermatitis, Trichobilharzia franki (Müller and Kimmig 1994), in southern England and its evolutionary relationships with other European populations.
 

Author(s): Scott P Lawton, Rivka M Lim, Juliet P Dukes, Richard T Cook, Anthony J Walker, Ruth S Kirk

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Trichobilharzia is the most species rich and widely distributed genus of schistosomes and is known throughout Europe and North America as an agent of human cercarial dermatitis. The disease is caused by an acute allergic reaction in the skin that develops as a consequence of repeated ...

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2014

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Cercarial dermatitis transmitted by exotic marine snail.
 

Author(s): Sara V Brant, Andrew N Cohen, Andrew N Cohen, David James, Lucia Hui, Albert Hom, Eric S Loker

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. 2010 Sep;16(9):1357-65.

 

Cercarial dermatitis (swimmer's itch) is caused by the penetration of human skin by cercariae of schistosome parasites that develop in and are released from snail hosts. Cercarial dermatitis is frequently acquired in freshwater habitats, and less commonly in marine or estuarine waters. ...

Last Updated: 25 Aug 2010

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The terms "Cercarial Dermatitis" returned 1 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Avian schistosomes and outbreaks of cercarial dermatitis.
 

Author(s): Petr Horák, Libor Mikeš, Lucie Lichtenbergová, Vladimír Skála, Miroslava Soldánová, Sara Vanessa Brant

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Rev.. 2015 Jan;28(1):165-90.

 

Cercarial dermatitis (swimmer's itch) is a condition caused by infective larvae (cercariae) of a species-rich group of mammalian and avian schistosomes. Over the last decade, it has been reported in areas that previously had few or no cases of dermatitis and is thus considered an ...

Last Updated: 8 Jan 2015

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