Tungiasis: is caused by the chigger (a pregnant female flea) that
penetrates the skin (especially near the toenail) to lay eggs.
flea releases enzymes to weaken skin (so it doesn't have to burrow
to penetrate skin).
enzyme causes local pain, swelling, and itchiness.
gangrene or a generalized infection may develop.
Diagnosis is confirmed when the skin is removed showing the flea
with her eggs.
a sterile surgical technique to remove these fleas.
wounds are very prone to infection, so coverage with an antibiotic
Chiggers occur in Central and South America, Western India and Africa.
Tungiasis tends to be seasonal when vegetation is lush and their
fleas are more active.
factors to getting bitten are walking barefoot or sitting or lying
on the ground.
feet in hot water also will remove them before they enter themselves.
is obviously the best protection.