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Rivers: The Sirens in summer!

What could be more irresistible than a body of water on a hot summer day? And what could be more awful than a body loaded with severely itchy red spots?

Traveling by car can be scorching, especially when it’s in summer. When one travels through Nepal, one comes across numerous rivers. You cross one bridge, then another and yet another and when you can’t ignore your want to swim, you pause for a dip in the alluring waters. Ahhh! Just a few strokes or simply dipping into one could help you cool down. But be careful though... that's not chlorinated water of a pool you’re swimming in. Take a dip in these waters and if you're unlucky you could end up scratching the skin off your body for the next 7 days or so! 

River and lakes may contain microscopic organisms that can penetrate skin. These organisms are responsible for a skin disease known as "Swimmers itch" and may infect parts of the body that have been exposed to river or lake water. Swimmer's itch tends to cover large parts of the body, not just an isolated site. Reddened spots, called papules, form on the body within hours after exposure and will itch intensely for several days before subsiding. The days may number anything from four to seven days, after which the symptoms usually disappear. Sometimes the case may be severe enough and the sufferer may develop a fever get nauseated and find it hard to sleep due to the intensity of the itching.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from this dermatitis visit a doctor. It is best to avoid these unsafe waters. If you do happen to swim in such places, then rinse and dry off with a towel as soon as you get out.

In conclusion, swimming in the well maintained, chlorinated water of a swimming pool is a better and safer way to enjoy the feel of the water and sun on your skin.

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