Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Clam Digger's Itch Evaluation

The evaluation of swimmer's itch begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with swimmer's itch may include:

  • Red rash:
    • Small raised bumps
    • Usually occurs on the skin covered by a swimsuit

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of swimmer's itch.

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Last Updated: Aug 8, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Clam Digger's Itch References
  1. Verbrugge LM, Rainey JJ, Reimink RL, Blankespoor HD. Prospective study of swimmer's itch incidence and severity. J Parasitol. 2004 Aug;90(4):697-704. [15357056]
  2. Verbrugge LM, Rainey JJ, Reimink RL, Blankespoor HD. Swimmer's itch: incidence and risk factors. Am J Public Health. 2004 May;94(5):738-41. [15117691]
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