Open Access Case Report Article ID: GJMCCR-6-172

    Case History –A Painful Toe

    IB Mcintosh*

    A 21 year old man was complaining of pain in a toe with swelling, which was interfering with his walking. The lesion was itchy and nodular. He thought he had been bitten and the insect had left a bump and black mark on the skin. Over a few days, the lesion had shrunk in size, turned brown, and wrinkled. He had recently returned from a Caribbean holiday and had been swimming and walking bare foot on the sands.

    He had been bitten by a sand fl y. Tunga penetrans (chigoe fl ea or jigger) is a parasitic insect found in most tropical and sub-tropical climates. It is native to Central and South America, and has been introduced by humans to sub-Saharan Africa. In its parasitic phase it has signifi cant impact on its host. A parasitical infestation of T. penetrans is called tungiasis.


    Published on: Jun 26, 2019 Pages: 18-18

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2455-5282.000072
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