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Swimmer's Itch and Swimming Pools

As long as your swimming pool is well maintained and chlorinated, there is no risk of swimmer's itch.

Preventing Swimmer's Itch

Suggestions for reducing your risk of developing swimmer's itch include:
  • Do not swim in areas where swimmer's itch is a known problem or where signs have been posted warning of unsafe water
  • Do not swim or wade in marshy areas where snails are commonly found
  • Towel-dry or shower immediately after leaving the water
  • Do not attract birds (for example, by feeding them) to areas where people are swimming
  • Encourage health officials to post signs on shorelines where swimmer's itch is a current problem.
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