Spacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member
edited March 2014 in General Discussion
Every summer I spend two weeks in Minnesota with my wife's family. It is an ideal training setting. The lakes are cold, clear and beautiful. However, I get "swimmer's itch." Small red bumps (like chicken pox) that itch like crazy. I spend a LOT of time in the water, so after two weeks, you could run out of ink playing connect the dots on my body. They get everywhere: in nose/mouth, eyelids, other nook & crannies. Its not quite bad enough to discourage me from swimming, but it does itch like hell and I look terrible for a couple of weeks. I've tried "Swimmer's Itch Guard" (seems to be a mixture of Noxzema and zinc oxide) and Vaseline, but neither seem to stop the problem. Any ideas???
"Lights go out and I can't be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
Have brought be down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."
CDC actually recommends.
Use corticosteroid cream
Apply cool compresses to the affected areas
Bathe in Epsom salts or baking soda
Soak in colloidal oatmeal baths
Apply baking soda paste to the rash (made by stirring water into baking soda until it reaches a paste-like consistency)
Use an anti-itch lotion
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I have no idea how effective this really is in humans, but it's worth a try if your only swimming option involves an invested lake, and you plan to swim anyway. Then again, it'll wash off and you might get some of that DEET in your mouth. I'd be wary of that too.