swimmer's itch


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schis·to·so·mal der·ma·ti·tis

a sensitization response to repeated cutaneous invasion by cercariae of bird, mammal, or human schistosomes.
Synonym(s): swimmer's itch, water itch (2)

swimmer's itch

(swĭm′ərz)
n.
An itching inflammation of the skin caused by parasitic larval forms of certain schistosomes that penetrate into the skin, occurring after bathing in infested fresh or salt water.

cu·ta·ne·ous an·cy·lo·sto·mi·a·sis

(kyū-tā'nē-ŭs an'si-lō-stō-mī'ă-sis)
Cutaneous larva migrans caused by larvae of hookworms.
Synonym(s): swimmer's itch (1) , water itch (1) .

schis·to·so·mal der·ma·ti·tis

(skis'tō-sōm'ăl dĕr'mă-tī'tis)
A sensitization response to repeated cutaneous invasion by cercariae of bird, mammal, or human schistosomes.
Synonym(s): swimmer's itch (2) , water itch (2) .

sea·bather's e·rup·tion

(sē'bādh-ĕrz ĕr-ŭp'shŭn)
Pruritic rash believed to result from hypersensitivity to the venom of the larval thimble jellyfish (Linuche unguiculata).

swimmer's itch

Skin inflammation (dermatitis) caused by the penetration of CERCARIAE of certain schistosome worms while the subject is immersed in waters. See also SCHISTOSOMIASIS.

Swimmer's itch

An allergic skin inflammation caused by a sensitivity to flatworms that die under the skin, causing an itchy rash.
Mentioned in: Itching
References in periodicals archive ?
Toweling dry or showering immediately after leaving the water can reduce the risk of swimmer's itch, which generally occurs in the summer months.
Immediate symptoms after bathing (acute itching and rash, suggestive of swimmer's itch) were reported by only 8 (7.1%) patients.
In our cohort, a history suggestive of the first phase, swimmer's itch, was infrequent, found in 7.1% of patients.
Verbrugge examined the incidence and risk factors of swimmer's itch, the lay term for cercarial dermatitis, caused by parasites in the water.
Editorial Note: Cercarial dermatitis (i.e., swimmer's itch) is a cutaneous inflammatory response associated with penetration of the skin by cercariae, the free-swimming larval stage of bird schistosomes.