As it sucks on blood, the flea's body quickly begins to grow, which causes itching, inflammation and pain. Treatment generally consists of surgically extracting the burrowed sand fleas and then applying topical antibiotic. Comments Share what you think. Then, through a tiny hole in the skin, the fleas lay about eggs, which generally fall to the ground and hatch. Rates of infection by Tunga penetrans have never been calculated, but WHO estimates that about 20 million people are at risk in the Americas.
The fleas are native to Central and South America and the infection typically occurs in remote or poverty-stricken areas.
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Heartbroken parents of two terminally-ill children launch legal action in desperation for life-saving drugs A year-old girl was diagnosed with Tungiasis, an inflammatory skin infection caused by the sand flea known as Tunga penetrans, and that left her with lesions and papules on the soles of her feet and her toes pictured. Ad Feature Motherhood suits her! Within about three weeks, the parasite dies and symptoms begin to regress, according to WHO. Then, through a tiny hole in the skin, the fleas lay about eggs, which generally fall to the ground and hatch.