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sand flea

See chigoe.
chigoe; chigger flea; sand flea; jigger; Tunga penetrans tiny soil-dwelling tropical insect; the female burrows through plantar and webspace skin or under toenails to feed and lay eggs; infestation causes tungiasis, i.e. formation of haemorrhagic/ulcerated nodules 3-4 weeks after initial infection; differential diagnosis includes verruca pedis and amelanotic melanoma; treated by lesion curettage, cryotherapy or minute dissection to remove insect and all eggs


1. material occurring in fine, gritty particles loose in the body.
2. geological sand is ingested by animals, especially horses, grazing on very sandy soil. The animals may take in large amounts and this accumulates in the large sacs of the alimentary tract, the reticulum of the cow and the cecum and colon in horses. Sand or dust storms, or volcanic dust fallout may produce a similar, acute situation.

sand colic
see sand colic.
sand enteritis
acute sand ingestion may cause enteritis with severe, sometimes fatal diarrhea. See also enteritis.
sand flea
see tungapenetrans.
sand rash
irritation and weeping of the toe webbing in racing Greyhounds causing lameness. Caused usually by racing in sand.
sand shin oak
sand toe
Greyhounds racing in sand suffer impaction of sand under the coronary band, causing lameness, mostly in the inner and outer toes of the hind paws.
uterine sand
see uterine sand.
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