Tests and diagnosisBy Mayo Clinic staff
Diagnosing swimmer's itch can be a challenge, because the rash can resemble other skin problems, such as poison ivy, chickenpox, dermatitis, impetigo or even herpes. There are no specific tests to diagnose swimmer's itch. Be sure to tell the doctor if your symptoms appeared after swimming or if others developed a similar rash after swimming in the same place.
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