If you’re swimming in a local lake or river this summer, make sure to take precautions to reduce your risk of a water-related illness.

The Haliburton-Kawartha-Pine Ridge District Health Unit says swimmer’s itch often affects people if they play or swim in shallow water.

This is because snails collect parasites which cause the itching.

Officials say there isn’t a treatment, so they suggest swimming away from shorelines, and rubbing your skin with a towel as soon as you get out of the water.