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A thin and itchy skin rash? – Cutaneous Larva Migrans Symptoms Checker

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Cutaneous Larva Migrans (or Zoonotic Hookworm) is an accidental skin infection due to animals’ parasites, usually cats and dogs.

Cutaneous larva migrans is one of the most common acquired skin diseases in tropical areas. It is the product of some type of parasites that usually infect dogs and cats but by error infect humans.

In these animals, they affect the gastrointestinal system, but the disease is quite different in humans. The dog or cat defecates in a place like a beach, and with the feces, the eggs of the parasite also come out. In the ground, these eggs hatch, and a non-adult form of the parasite is free to infect. When humans lay around these areas or walk barefoot, the parasite can penetrate the skin.

This disease affects people in countries in tropical and subtropical areas. More specifically, it exists in the Caribbean, central and south America, some parts of Asia and Africa, and the southwestern part of the United States. The infection used to be only on these places. However, it can be seen more frequently because of travel and globalization than before, even in places far from the tropic. It appears in rural areas the most as more soil is available for the parasites to fulfill a part of their life cycles.

The infection does not have any predilection for any sex or race group. Still, it is more common to see it in children. This is because this age group tends to be more in contact with the ground directly as they are more regularly barefoot. They also lean towards playing in the ground. Cutaneous larva migrans occur mostly in warm places since, in those areas, people wear fewer clothes and are more in touch with the soil. The parasite needs warm temperatures to survive outside the body as well.

This tool is a cutaneous larva migrans symptoms checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors of this disease.

Thankfully, the treatment for this disease is really simple and also works efficiently against it. If the patient doesn’t receive a doctor’s treatment order, the disease can last up to 6 weeks. It will not result in any health repercussions (unless there is another skin infection apart from this one), but it will cause a lot of discomfort to the patient.

An important point to remember is that this disease, like many others, is preventable. Using any type of shoe in areas with soil or sand can reduce the chances of acquiring the parasite. 

Additionally, the patient’s symptoms and signs can resemble the ones by another skin disease or a simple wound. This tool doesn’t substitute a doctor’s evaluation and with knowledge on this topic. Still, it has the questions that will tell how likely the patient’s symptoms are because of cutaneous larva migrans. The use of this tool is simple and only takes a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Did you recently (less than 3 weeks) have a sunbath, walk barefoot on the beach, or similar activity in a tropical location?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you feel a tingling or prickling after having a sunbath, walking barefoot on the beach, or similar activity in a tropical location?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have an itchy skin rash?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a thin (snakelike) reddish skin rash that looks like the one in the photo below?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does this reddish skin rash have “moved” or “advanced” throughout the days from its original position?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Is the skin rash located in the feet’ back or space between the toes? You can also click yes if it is in the hands, knees, genital area, or buttocks.

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with allergic contact dermatitis?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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