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itch

 [ich]
a skin condition accompanied by the desire to scratch an area of skin to relieve discomfort; see also pruritus.
bakers' itch any of several inflammatory dermatoses of the hands and forearms, especially chronic candidal paronychia, seen with special frequency in bakers.
grain itch itching dermatitis due to a mite, Pyemotes ventricosus, which preys on certain insect larvae that live on straw, grain, and other plants.
grocers' itch a vesicular dermatitis caused by certain mites found in stored hides, dried fruits, grain, copra, and cheese.
ground itch the itching eruption caused by entrance into the skin of the larvae of the hookworm Ancylostoma duodenale or Necator americanus; see also hookworm disease.
jock itch popular name for tinea cruris.
seven-year itch popular name for scabies.
swimmers' itch an itching dermatitis due to penetration into the skin of larval forms (cercaria) of schistosomes, found in those who bathe in infested waters.
winter itch itching of the skin in cold weather, unassociated with structural lesions.

cu·ta·ne·ous lar·va mi·grans

a migratory serpiginous or netlike tunneling in the skin, with marked pruritus, caused by wandering hookworm larvae not adapted to intestinal maturation in humans; especially common in the eastern and southeastern coastal U.S. and other tropical and subtropical coastal areas; various strains of hookworms of dogs and cats have been implicated, chiefly Ancylostoma braziliense of dog and cat feces from beaches and sandboxes in the U.S., but also Ancylostoma caninum of dogs, Uncinaria stenocephala, the European dog hookworm, and Bunostomum phlebotomum, the cattle hookworm; Strongyloides species of animal origin may also contribute to human cutaneous larva migrans.

ground itch

Parasitology A hypersensitivity reaction to hookworms occurring in a sensitized person Clinical Erythema, inflammation, blistering, and intense pruritus at the site of larval penetration–feet Agents Necator americanus, Ancylostoma duodenale