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Tungiasis: Introduction

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. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Tungiasis is available below.

Symptoms of Tungiasis

Treatments for Tungiasis

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Tungiasis: Complications

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Causes of Tungiasis

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Misdiagnosis and Tungiasis

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Definitions of Tungiasis:

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


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