chigoe infestation

chigoe infestation

Infestation by the flea Tunga penetrans.. In humans the usual sites of invasion are the spaces between the toes, where the burrowing female swells and causes a painful open sore.

Treatment

The gravid flea is removed with a sterile needle. The site is treated with tincture of iodine, which is toxic to the remaining fleas and eggs.

See: Tunga penetrans
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