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Swimmer's Itch Recurring Problem In Michigan Lakes

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GERRISH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - Here's something to remember as you head up north for the holiday weekend. Swimmer's itch is a painful problem that many northern Michigan visitors can't duck.

Flatworms that spend part of their lives in the bodies of migratory ducks can cause painful rashes lasting several weeks.

It's been around for years but is getting particular attention at northern Michigan's 10,000-acre Higgins Lake in Roscommon County, west of Roscommon.

The lake is popular with ducks and with people, and snails that host the flatworms are common in shallower sections.

Jamie Magnan of Harrison Township says her 3-year-old daughter Bella and 6-year-old daughter Addison developed itchy, red welts that kept the family up for two nights.

If you should come down a case of Swimmer's itch there are some treatment options. Most common are:
  • corticosteroid cream.
  • cool compresses.
  • bath with baking soda.
  • baking soda paste to the rash.
  • anti-itch lotion.
  • Calamine lotion.

Always consult your doctor before applying any medications.


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