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What is the treatment for swimmer's itch?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology

In brief: Swimmer's itch

Swimmer's itch typically clears up on its own within a few days, though in some cases the rash can last up to a week.
In the meantime, you can control itching with over-the-counter antihistamines or anti-itch creams, such as those that contain calamine lotion. If the itching is severe, your doctor may recommend a prescription medication as in topical cortisone.

In brief: Swimmer's itch

Swimmer's itch typically clears up on its own within a few days, though in some cases the rash can last up to a week.
In the meantime, you can control itching with over-the-counter antihistamines or anti-itch creams, such as those that contain calamine lotion. If the itching is severe, your doctor may recommend a prescription medication as in topical cortisone.
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