Swimmers Itch info

We have had some cases of ‘Swimmers Itch’ or Cercarial Dermatitis reported to us. We believe this is due to the sudden increase in temperatures.

We apologise if you are one of the people affected.

Below are some key facts about ‘Swimmers Itch’ and how you can best prevent and/or treat it if you become affected.

What is ‘Swimmers Itch’ – Cercarial Dermatitis:

Is an allergic reaction caused by a microscopic parasite that lives in blood of infected migratory birds and some aquatic snails.
Presents as red itchy spots or rash.
Can be brought about by a sudden rise in temperatures that cause a sudden release of the microscopic larvae.
Not everyone is affected
Cannot live on human skin
Is NOT indicative of bad water quality – water quality has remained of excellent standard.
Swimmers Itch is not dangerous nor contagious

What can you do?

Wear a wetsuit
Towel dry immediately after swimming
Use certain emollients to protect the skin before swimming
If you are affected, Epsom salt and oatmeal baths can help
Antihistamine and an anti-itch cream put in the fridge can soothe the itch

What are we doing?

Monitoring the situation and ensuring that our lake maintenance is done to best support our wild environment and lake users
Monitoring lake temperatures regularly
Continuing to test our water every 4 weeks

We will of course keep you updated on any changes and advise you on how best to keep swimming in a safe and enjoyable way.

Thank you for your support, understanding and feedback