sand flea

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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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Tungiasis, a parasitic skin disease that occurs in tropical countries, is caused by sand fleas of the genus Tunga (Insecta, Siphonaptera, Tungidae).
Around Tampa Bay passes and coastal bridges, Billy Miller often targets pompano with site-specific baits such as sand fleas or fiddler crabs.
One sand flea was trying to penetrate the skin of the chest.
Don Bigot fishes Navarre often and he says, "We tip our jigs with sand fleas, and all colors work from time to time.
There's no pool and the beach has a major problem with sand fleas in the late afternoon," he reveals.
Most old timers have plenty of gripes about the landscape: grassburs, sand fleas, catbrier, etc.
While we protect the rights of the convicted murderer, the whales, frogs and sand fleas (to say nothing of the pristine Alaskan wilderness), we abandon the helpless human being.
once; three of the following: shrimp, sand fleas, sea urchin crabs, flounder clams, worms, snails, mussels, lobsters, plants; nocturnal; night
They recontoured the shoreline and spread more than 4,700 tons of sand, gravel and rock to provide natural hiding places for burrowing worms, shrimp, sand fleas and other small native creatures that fish eat.
Then one time I went over to Puget Sound and collected a bunch of sand fleas.
I can't remember how long the silence lasted--perhaps only 10 or 20 seconds-- but it was long enough to make it clear that we were sand fleas in this man's universe.
military to keep sand fleas from soldiers in the desert.