Tungiasis - Painful Feet in a Tropical Traveler

Barry, Michele; Blackburn, Brian G.
August 2010
Travel Medicine Advisor;Aug2010, Vol. 20 Issue 8, p45
Case Study
The article reports the case of a man who had travelled in Brazil and developed painful lesions on his feet after he returned home. Microscopy confirmed that the man had tungiasis, a parasitic skin infection caused by the female sand flea Tunga (T.) penetrans. The article notes that the flea needs a warm-blooded host to reproduce, feeds on host blood, and releases the eggs. It states that surgical removal of the fleas is the best treatment.


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