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  1. schistosome dermatitis, swimmer's itchnoun

    a sensitization reaction to repeated invasion of the skin by cercariae of schistosomes


  1. Swimmer's itch

    Swimmer's itch, cercarial dermatitis or schistosome dermatitis is a short-term allergic contact dermatitis occurring in the skin of humans that have been infected by water-borne schistosomes, a type of flatworm. It is common in freshwater, brackish and marine habitats worldwide. The incidence of this condition may be increasing, although this may be attributed to better monitoring and reporting. Nevertheless, the condition is considered to be an emerging infectious disease.The main symptom is itchy papules (raised skin) that commonly occur within 2 days of infection. Initially, wheals develop quickly, then turn into maculae in about half an hour. Within 10–12 hours these turn into very itchy papules that reach their worst by the second or third day. The papules disappear in 1–2 weeks but secondary effects from scratching can continue longer. The intense itching, which peaks after 48–72 hours, is associated with pain and swelling of the affected areas. People repeatedly exposed to cercariae develop heavier symptoms with faster onset.There are no permanent effects to people from this condition. Orally administered hydroxyzine, an antihistamine, is sometimes prescribed to treat swimmer's itch and similar dermal allergic reactions. In addition, bathing in oatmeal, baking soda, or Epsom salts can also provide relief of symptoms.


  1. swimmer's itch

    Swimmer's itch, also known as cercarial dermatitis, is a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to certain microscopic parasites that infect some birds and mammals. These parasites are released from infected snails into fresh and salt water (such as lakes, ponds, and oceans). While the parasites' preferred host is the specific bird or mammal, if the parasite comes into contact with a swimmer, it burrows into the skin causing an itchy, red rash. The condition is generally short-lived, not contagious and can be treated with over-the-counter remedies.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swimmer's itch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swimmer's itch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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