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What is Tungiasis?

What is Tungiasis?

  • Tungiasis: A skin disease caused by a parasitic sand flea called Tunga penetrans which is found in the tropical parts of Africa. The female flea burrows into the skin (usually the feet) and causes localized itching and then pain. Usually the condition resolves itself but severe infestation can cause deformity and there is a risk of secondary infection and tetanus.

Tungiasis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Tungiasis, or a subtype of Tungiasis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Tungiasis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Tungiasis: Introduction

Types of Tungiasis:

Broader types of Tungiasis:

How serious is Tungiasis?

Complications of Tungiasis: see complications of Tungiasis

What causes Tungiasis?

Causes of Tungiasis: see causes of Tungiasis

What are the symptoms of Tungiasis?

Symptoms of Tungiasis: see symptoms of Tungiasis

Complications of Tungiasis: see complications of Tungiasis

Can anyone else get Tungiasis?

More information: see contagiousness of Tungiasis
Inheritance: see inheritance of Tungiasis

Tungiasis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Tungiasis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Tungiasis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Tungiasis: Infectious Disease Specialist, Dermatologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Tungiasis.
Treatments for Tungiasis: see treatments for Tungiasis

Name and Aliases of Tungiasis

Main name of condition: Tungiasis

Other names or spellings for Tungiasis:

Tunga penetrans, T penetrans, Sarcopsylla penetrans, S penetrans, Chigger flea

Jiggers, Niguiasis, Sand flea, Tunga penetrans Source - Diseases Database

Chigger flea, S penetrans, Sarcopsylla penetrans, T penetrans, Tunga penetrans
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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