There’s something in the water at Lochore Meadows

Lochore Meadows Country Park around fife

Visitors should be aware that we have had reports of several children having swimmers itch after swimming in the shallow water adjacent to the beach at Lochore Meadows.

Swimmer’s itch” (cercarial dermatitis) is an itchy rash caused by certain parasites that live in freshwater snails. The snails live on the reeds around marshy lakes and stagnant ponds. On warm, sunny days the parasites can be released into the water and burrow into the skin of swimmers.

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Although uncomfortable, the itching generally lasts no more than a couple of days. You can’t spread the rash to other people, and it doesn’t need treatment.

To reduce your risk of swimmer’s itch, avoid swimming or wading in marshy areas where snails are commonly found and rinse off as soon as you leave the water.

This condition is not specific to Lochore Meadows and should be borne in mind by parents when in similar areas.