Lacey is warning community members to take care when swimming in the waters of Long Lake.
In a Facebook post earlier today, Lacey authorities revealed that it has received two reports of swimmer’s itch in Long Lake.
“The TCPH [Thurston County Public Health] Environmental Health Water Quality division does not test for swimmer’s itch,” said the city on its post. “However, they do require bacterial water quality testing and recent test results have been within acceptable parameters.”
Thurston County warns lake goers to take the following precautions:
Parasites in the water
A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) document included in the post explained that cercarial dermatitis, also called swimmer’s itch, happens more during summer months and is caused by parasites that burrow into the skin and cause rashes and allergic reactions.
Symptoms for swimmer’s itch include tingling, burning or itching in the skin; small, reddish pimples; and small blisters within minutes or days of contact with contaminated waters. CDC warns against scratching the affected skin to avoid secondary infection.
According to CDC, the itch does not usually require professional care, but the following can be done for relief:
“You can reduce the chances of getting swimmer’s itch by toweling off vigorously immediately after getting out of the water, avoid feeding ducks, and not swimming or wading in marshy areas,” the post said.
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