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Any good prevention measures for Swimmer's Itch

Hi Ballers:

I had never heard of this prior to skiing this weekend.

Are there any good preventive solutions to Swimmer's Itch (outside of what's on the internet) ? My reaction to this has worsened/progressed from: Hey, I think I got bit by a bug (June); to Hey, my vest gave me a rash (August); to this weekend looking like I ran through Poison Ivy.

Please let me know what creams/lotions work? Does a wetsuit help?

Thanks in advance.


  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,243 Mega Baller
    12 gauge with waterfowl load.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,515 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Clean your gear and stay out of stagnant water.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,243 Mega Baller
    The parasite burrows when you dry mostly so a vigerous towling off immediately is one of the best things you can do.

    Don't wade in shallow water.
  • h2onhkh2onhk Posts: 305 Crazy Baller
    When my gear starts to get the funky smell, I usually hang it in the shower and rinse it really well, light scrub with mild soap, and then another good rinse.
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 962 Mega Baller
    Stop skiing in Lake Olivia.
  • igkyaigkya Posts: 705 Crazy Baller
    My ski bud gets this, needs to wear a drysuit when skiing.
  • 2Valve2Valve Posts: 305 Solid Baller
    A big Yellow Lab that lives to chase ducks does wonders.
  • lakeside7455lakeside7455 Posts: 74 Baller
    I rebuilt my dock and got it, it was not bad, but it was from standing in shallow water for extended time while working on the dock, and not toweling off. If I had wore a wetsuit and had no exposed skin, no issue. But never happened before. It will go away in 3 to 7 days, keep it cleaned and dry.
  • TustinTomTustinTom Posts: 103 Baller
    Not our property so shooting the fowl will not work.

    The course is set up in a true pond. Last season ended when the water got to about 3 feet deep. Right now it's about 5 feet deep. It's only source of water is rain, so we ski until the water evaporates. No fresh water/pump/recirculation at all.

    So, it's not ideal, but it's what I have to deal with if I want to ski the course. Thanks all
  • jakecuz23jakecuz23 Posts: 36 Baller
    I have heard of people putting copper sulfate into the water and having great results. Not good for the environment I would assume, but it works. In Michigan, they used to treat the public waters by plane with copper sulfate.

    Witch Hazel works to treat it if you already have it.

    Good luck!
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 401 Crazy Baller
    Soap, for your gear and for you. Don't keep wet stuff on your body and shower with soap as soon as you can after being in the lake.
  • nam1975nam1975 Posts: 141 Baller
    Take a campers or surfers portable shower with clean water in the boat.
  • lakeside7455lakeside7455 Posts: 74 Baller
    If you got it from just floating in water while dropping for course, then I'd add copper sulfate to the entire lake. One 80 lbs bag will do it. It helps to kill the algae and really helps with swimmers itch and is a cheap fix.
  • CentCent Posts: 187 Baller
    I know I’ve person that skis in a baggy dry suit to avoid the issue.
  • TustinTomTustinTom Posts: 103 Baller
    @nam1975 Portable Shower is on order. Just need to hide it from my surf rat son.
    Thanks @lakeside7455 and @jakecuz23
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,887 Mega Baller
    Kill the snails that carry the parasite, take a shower right after you ski, or find a different lake.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • WishWish Posts: 8,010 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    +1 on vigorous drying off with a towel right after. Not comfortable but affective. Folks lake is prone to this.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • ObrienslalomObrienslalom Posts: 75 Baller
    A lake I grew up swimming in used to get it from goose and duck poop. We stopped feeding them around where we swam.
    • Toweling off to the point of slight pain was the best prevention for us
    • If you got it, we used to get clear nail polish and paint the red marks. I guess it suffocated whatever caused it, and it went away much faster
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,437 Mega Baller
    Towel off well.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,243 Mega Baller

    Beeswax rubbed on the skin before you get in.

    Another strange one - cut a potato in half and freeze it. Rub it on the bumps for relief.
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,345 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Rinse off, towel off, don't wade in the shallows, copper sulfate. On our lake you really can ONLY get hit wading in the shallows I have never had it skiing or swimming from the boat. I suppose different in a small pond.
    We have a ton of snails in our lake and they are an intermediate host so our lake gets it much more regularly than other lakes in the area with fewer or no snails.
    Never got it at our gnarly gross ski swamp we skied for 17 years.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • BjkeslerBjkesler Posts: 20 Baller
    We kinda look forward to it because as soon as the word gets out we nearly have the lake to ourselves
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 5,345 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Bjkesler Yeah keeps our lake quieter for sure.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • 3mustskiteer3mustskiteer Posts: 10 Baller
    treat the pond with copper sulfate to kill the snails & end the parasite cycle with the ducks.
  • Kevin89MCKevin89MC Posts: 19 Baller
    We get swimmer's itch every few years in our lake. Yep it's a cycle of snails and water fowl poop. Little parasites get into your skin pores, then die, then itch like crazy. Not fun! My uncle next door developed a special rake to keep the snails out of his area and it does help. We've had good luck with baby oil or sunscreen applied to any exposed skin. Toweling off vigorously is also good insurance.
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,084 Mega Baller
    edited October 2019
    Baggy dry suit solves the problem. We don’t get it much in northern Utah but in southern Utah and Idaho....hell yes
    I ski, therefore I am
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,716 Mega Baller
    The obvious answer would be to stay out of the water....
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
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