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Cercarial dermatitis

Cercarial dermatitis: Introduction

Cercarial dermatitis: Swimmer's itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, is a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to infection with certain parasites of birds and ... more about Cercarial dermatitis.

Cercarial dermatitis: A short-lived rash that occurs as an allergic reaction to larval (cercariae) infection of the skin. These particular parasites use birds and animals as their first hosts. Larval eggs are excreted in the faeces and when they land in water, they hatch into larvae which then infect certain aquatic snails. The infected snails release another form of the larvae called cercariae which then search for a bird, mammal host. When they enter the skin of a human they die as humans are unsuitable hosts but the skin can produce an allergic reaction. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Cercarial dermatitis is available below.

Symptoms of Cercarial dermatitis

Treatments for Cercarial dermatitis

  • Treatments for rash:
    • Corticosteroid cream
    • Cool compresses
    • Bath with baking soda
    • Baking soda paste to the rash
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Causes of Cercarial dermatitis

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Prevention of Cercarial dermatitis

Prevention information for Cercarial dermatitis has been compiled from various data sources and may be inaccurate or incomplete. None of these methods guarantee prevention of Cercarial dermatitis.

  • Avoid swimming in contaminated water
  • Dry skin after swimming - the fluke larvae require 15 minutes to penetrate the skin.
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Swimmer's itch, also called cercarial dermatitis, is a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to infection with certain parasites of birds and mammals. These microscopic parasites are released from infected snails to swim in fresh and salt water, such as lakes, ponds, and oceans used for swimming and wading. Infection is found throughout the world. Swimmer's itch generally occurs during summer months. (Source: excerpt from Cercarial dermatitis: DPD)

Definitions of Cercarial dermatitis:

A sensitization reaction to repeated invasion of the skin by cercariae of schistosomes - (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Cercarial dermatitis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Cercarial dermatitis, or a subtype of Cercarial dermatitis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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