‘Swimmers itch’ reported at Pyramid Lake
August 3, 2012
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe has issued a water quality advisory for Pyramid Lake after receiving reports of “swimmers itch” that occurred as a result of swimming or wading in shallow areas with very warm water temperatures.
Individuals with compromised immune systems, other health issues, and children may want to avoid water contact warm and shallow beaches – particularly North Nets, South Nets, and Long Beach.
An advisory is a warning to swimmers but it is not a beach closure and all public beaches at Pyramid Lake remain open. During an advisory, a beach is posted with warning signs when the water contains levels of bacteria that indicate there may be an increased risk of developing minor skin, eye, ear, nose and throat infections, and stomach disorders. Anyone who chooses to swim during an advisory is asked to avoid dunking their head in, or swallowing, the water.
If you choose to swim during an advisory it may be prudent to avoid ducking your head or swallowing the water. But anyone swimming should take additional precautions, including drying off vigorously with a towel, showering shortly after swimming and avoiding the ingestion of lake water.
If visitors to Pyramid Lake do experience symptoms of “swimmers itch” they are encouraged to report it to the Tribe by calling (888) 225-2668.