Swimmer’s Itch (Cercarial Dermatitis)
children swimming in a natural area


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How to Cite

Weeks, Emma N. I., and Katherine A. Sayler. 2018. “Swimmer’s Itch (Cercarial Dermatitis: ENY-2038/IN1200, 3/2018”. EDIS 2018 (2). https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-in1200-2018.


Learn how to swim safely and avoid this itchy skin rash in this 3-page document written by Emma N. I. Weeks and Katherine Sayler and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Entomology and Nematology.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Parasites - Cercarial dermatitis (also known as Swimmer's itch)." https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/swimmersitch/index.html (November 2017)

Kolářová L., P. Horák, K. Skírnisson, H. Marečková, and H. Doenhoff. 2013. "Cercarial dermatitis, a neglected allergic diseases." Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology 45: 63-74. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12016-012-8334-y

Rodriguez, J. Y., B. C. Lewis, and K. F. Snowden. 2014. "Distribution and characterization of Heterobilharzia americana in dogs in Texas." Veterinary Parasitology 102: 35-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.03.026

Verbrugge, L., J. J. Rainey, R. L. Remimink, and H. D. Blankespoor. 2004. "Swimmer's itch: Incidence and risk factors." American Journal of Public Health. 94: 738-741. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.94.5.738

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