Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cutaneous Larva Migrans Overview

What is cutaneous larva migrans?
A person with cutaneous larva migrans has a skin parasite that is most commonly acquired in the tropics. Cutaneous larva migrans causes an itchy, raised red rash that usually lasts for only a week with treatment. Transmission occurs with exposure to soil that is contaminated with the parasite.

What are the symptoms of cutaneous larva migrans?
Symptoms of cutaneous larva migrans include a raised red line (tunnel) in the skin that causes intense itching.

How does the doctor treat cutaneous larva migrans?
Treatment for cutaneous larva migrans includes the use of anti-parasitic drugs such as thiabendazole.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cutaneous Larva Migrans References
  1. Feldmeier H, Heukelbach J. Epidermal parasitic skin diseases: a neglected category of poverty-associated plagues. Bull World Health Organ. 2009 Feb;87(2):152-9. [19274368]
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