Furuncular myiasis

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Furuncular myiasis

Furuncular myiasis is a skin lesion that is caused by a fly larva growing under the skin. The lesion will often look like a boil or a pimple. The two types of fly larvae known to cause furuncular myiasis are the Cayor worm and human botfly larvae. These flies live in sub-Saharan and tropical Africa and in Latin America. When the adult flies bite a human, they deposit eggs on the skin or nearby clothing. When the eggs come into contact with human skin, they hatch and burrow into the skin. The larvae develop and later emerge from the skin. Signs of infections usually begin 10 to 15 after the eggs have hatched.

A furuncle, or pimple, begins as a small, red bump that grows on the surface of the skin. Sometimes, there is a hole or ulcer in the middle of the bump. Symptoms include itching, a feeling of movement around the affected area, and sometimes sharp pain at the site of the furuncle. Often, botfly bites that lead to furuncular myiasis occur in the scalp.

Diagnosis of furuncular myiasis can be made using a physical examination. Treatment may include medication and cutting off the oxygen supply of the larva by applying a cover over the furuncle. Without oxygen, the larvae may come closer to the skin surface where they can be more easily removed. If left untreated, the larvae will eventually mature and exit the skin. If you have been diagnosed with furuncular myiasis, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options.

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The terms "Furuncular myiasis" returned 15 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

A Case of Furuncular Myiasis Due to Cordylobia anthropophaga in a Korean Traveler Returning from Uganda.
 

Author(s): Su-Min Song, Shin-Woo Kim, Youn-Kyoung Goo, Yeonchul Hong, Meesun Ock, Hee-Jae Cha, Dong-Il Chung

Journal: Korean J. Parasitol.. 2017 Jun;55(3):327-331.

 

A fly larva was recovered from a boil-like lesion on the left leg of a 33-year-old male on 21 November 2016. He has worked in an endemic area of myiasis, Uganda, for 8 months and returned to Korea on 11 November 2016. The larva was identified as Cordylobia anthropophaga by morphological ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Furuncular Myiasis Affecting the Lower Lip of a Young Patient.
 

Author(s): Felipe Paiva Fonseca, José Ribamar Sabino-Bezerra, Pablo Agustin Vargas, Oslei Paes de Almeida, Marcio Ajudarte Lopes, Alan Roger Santos-Silva

Journal: Braz Dent J. ;27(5):625-628.

 

Furuncular myiasis is a parasitic infection caused by the larvae of Dipteran insects after penetrating healthy skin, causing an erythematous nodule with a central pore. Additionally, the patient may feel a sensation of movement and intermittent pain. Furuncular myiasis affecting the ...

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Excision of furuncular myiasis larvae using a punch: a simple, practical and aesthetic method.
 

Author(s): Gianne Pascoal, Fernanda Queiroz de Oliveira, Rosana Rocon Siqueira, Maria Gabriela Araújo Lopes, Marcelino Pereira Martins, Aloísio Carlos Couri Gamonal

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;91(3):358-61.

 

Myiasis refers to Diptera larvae infesting vertebrate animals. There are two forms of the disease: primary and secondary. In primary myiasis, fly larvae invade and develop in healthy tissue; in secondary myiasis, flies lay their eggs in skin ulcerations, and the larvae develop in ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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