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tungiasis [2012/03/26 04:42]
Pat O'Connor [Lymphedema People Internal Links]
tungiasis [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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 “Both the male and the nonfertilized female flea feed intermittently on warm-blooded hosts. Once impregnated,​ however, the female flea anchors herself to the skin by using biting mouthparts and burrows into the epidermis. Because the process is painless, a keratolytic enzyme may be involved. The flea expands, often reaching 1 cm in diameter. The head is down into the upper dermis feeding from blood vessels, while the caudal tip of the abdomen is at the skin surface, often forming a punctum or an ulceration. The flea breathes through this opening. In many cases, this is described as a white patch with a black dot. “Both the male and the nonfertilized female flea feed intermittently on warm-blooded hosts. Once impregnated,​ however, the female flea anchors herself to the skin by using biting mouthparts and burrows into the epidermis. Because the process is painless, a keratolytic enzyme may be involved. The flea expands, often reaching 1 cm in diameter. The head is down into the upper dermis feeding from blood vessels, while the caudal tip of the abdomen is at the skin surface, often forming a punctum or an ulceration. The flea breathes through this opening. In many cases, this is described as a white patch with a black dot.
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 Over 1-2 weeks, more than 100 eggs, which fall to the ground, are individually released from this exposed orifice. Afterwards, the flea dies and is slowly sloughed by the host. The eggs hatch on the ground in 3-4 days, go through larval and pupal stages and become adults in 2-3 weeks. The complete life cycle lasts approximately 1 month.” ​ Over 1-2 weeks, more than 100 eggs, which fall to the ground, are individually released from this exposed orifice. Afterwards, the flea dies and is slowly sloughed by the host. The eggs hatch on the ground in 3-4 days, go through larval and pupal stages and become adults in 2-3 weeks. The complete life cycle lasts approximately 1 month.” ​
 “Treatment for this includes cryotherapy or electrodesiccation of the nodules caused by the infecton. ​   Topical ivermectin, metrifonate,​ and thiabendazole have also been reported as effective. Occlusive petrolatum suffocates the organism. Twenty-percent salicylated petroleum jelly (Vaseline) applied 12-24 h in profound infestations caused the death of the fleas and facilitated their manual removal.” (1) “Treatment for this includes cryotherapy or electrodesiccation of the nodules caused by the infecton. ​   Topical ivermectin, metrifonate,​ and thiabendazole have also been reported as effective. Occlusive petrolatum suffocates the organism. Twenty-percent salicylated petroleum jelly (Vaseline) applied 12-24 h in profound infestations caused the death of the fleas and facilitated their manual removal.” (1)
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 [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​phpBB3/​viewtopic.php?​t=31|Lymphatic Filariasis]] [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​phpBB3/​viewtopic.php?​t=31|Lymphatic Filariasis]]
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