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chigoe

 [chig´o]
the sand flea, Tunga penetrans, of tropical and subtropical America and Africa. The pregnant female flea burrows into the skin of the feet, legs, or other part of the body, causing intense irritation and resulting in ulceration, sometimes leading to spontaneous amputation of a digit, if untreated.

chig·oe

(chig'ō),
Common name for Tunga penetrans.

chigoe

/chig·oe/ (chig´o) the flea, Tunga penetrans, of subtropical and tropical America and Africa; the pregnant female burrows into the skin of the feet, legs, or other part of the body, causing intense irritation and ulceration, sometimes leading to spontaneous amputation of a digit.

chigoe

(chĭg′ō, chē′gō)
n.
1. A small tropical flea (Tunga penetrans), the fertilized female of which burrows under the skin of humans and other mammals, causing intense irritation and sores that may become severely infected. Also called chigger, jigger2, sand flea.
2. See chigger.

chigoe

[chig′ō]
a flea, Tunga penetrans, found in tropical and subtropical America and Africa. The pregnant female flea burrows into the skin of the feet, causing an inflammatory condition that may lead to spontaneous amputation of a toe. Also called burrowing flea, jigger, sand flea. Compare chigger.

chig·oe

(chig'ō)
Common name for Tunga penetrans.

chigoe

Tunga penetrans , sometimes called the ‘jigger flea’ or chigoe, is common in tropical Africa and tropical America. After mating the female burrows under the skin, often under the big toenail or elsewhere on the feet and grows to the size of a pea because of the enormous swelling of her abdomen from a mass of eggs.
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

chigoe

the sand flea, Tunga penetrans, of tropical and subtropical America and Africa. Called also chigger or chigoe flea. Not to be confused with chigger mites. See also chigger.