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CDC graphic To prevent lake itch, apply a waterproof sunscreen or other skin oil. Rub down quickly with a towel when you are done swimming. Swim in deeper waters with an offshore breeze when possible.

Itching to hit the lake? Lake might itch back

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Minnesota is known for its thousands of lakes that can provide recreation of all sorts. However, that refreshing dip in the lake may come with a price - swimmer's itch.


Swimmer's itch or lake itch is an epidemic that sweeps through many lakes every summer.

It occurs when a flatworm is embedded into the epidermal layer of skin. Once it has entered the skin, it will cause bumps throughout the skin and itching can occur.

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