Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Clam Digger's Itch Home Care

Home care for swimmer's itch includes:

  • Wear protective clothing, such as waders, if you are wading for long periods.
  • Wash your skin in clean water after swimming or wading.
    • Gently scrub your skin with a soapy face cloth.
  • Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream:
    • Apply to the skin, 4 times a day.
  • Avoid scratching: this can cause infection.
  • Oral antihistamines for itching:

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Last Updated: Jan 5, 2011 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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