I'm visiting my mom, who lives in apartment at my sister's. So we're kind of visiting everyone. Except my sister and 3 of her boys are at camp all day. We had a rip roaring thunderstorm with hail blow through that afternoon. My mom doesn't like to drive in bad weather, so I offered to drive my niece to her doctor’s appointment. She was having some sort of allergic reaction to bug bites.
The doctor seemed stumped, was calling for referrals, and was joking about crazy bugs in NH. Um... hello? we don't have crazy bugs in NH. I'm visiting in CT. We all have the same bugs. But then suddenly it hits me, I remember a conversation I had with a friend this past winter about taking the kids to visit them up at Lake Winnipesaukee to go swimming. And she had said, No, we'll come to visit you at the beach and I had said why? And she had said Duck Itch. So out of the blue, at the doctor's office I say "Hey, maybe it's duck itch" and the pediatrician looks at me like I'm
Now I have to add in here that everyone at this doctor’s office was either carrying a laptop or pushing a cart around with a laptop on it. But somehow, even surrounded by this wealth of technology, I was able to google duck itch and bring up pics to show the doctor on my droid, with a crappy signal, before he was able to look it up on his laptop. Okay, I'm so not going to spend too much time trying to figure that one out.
|This is duck itch. The pediatrician|
liked the term "Swimmer's Itch"
Anyway, that is how without having seen it before in real life, I was able to diagnose duck itch.
It’s a bacterial infection from the parasites in duck poop. Yeah, I know… yuck! But it can be somewhat common in lakes and ponds near the shoreline where the water doesn’t circulate as well. You can read more about it on the NH StateParks website.
Update: I posted a more researched post on Duck Itch at my new Coastal CPR & First Aid Blog