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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