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Revision on tungiasis: treatment options and prevention.
Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2006 Feb; 4(1):151-7.ER

Abstract

The parasitic skin disease tungiasis occurs in many resource-poor communities in Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. The sand flea, Tunga penetrans, most commonly penetrates into the skin of the feet. Many individuals harbor a large number of embedded parasites and show significant morbidity. Standard treatment consists of surgical extraction of the flea and application of a topical antibiotic. There are no drugs available with proven effectiveness. Clinical trials performed in the last few years did not show very promising results. Thus, surgical extraction still remains the treatment of choice in patients with a low parasite load, such as tourists returning from endemic areas. Probably the best approach to reduce tungiasis-associated morbidity in heavily affected individuals is the application of a repellent to prevent the penetration of sand fleas. In the future, we should see new exciting data on the biology, epidemiology, therapy and control of tungiasis.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, Federal University of Ceará, Rua Prof. Costa Mendes 1608, Fortaleza 60430-140, Brazil. heukelbach@ufc.br

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16441216

Citation

Heukelbach, Jorg. "Revision On Tungiasis: Treatment Options and Prevention." Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, vol. 4, no. 1, 2006, pp. 151-7.
Heukelbach J. Revision on tungiasis: treatment options and prevention. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2006;4(1):151-7.
Heukelbach, J. (2006). Revision on tungiasis: treatment options and prevention. Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy, 4(1), 151-7.
Heukelbach J. Revision On Tungiasis: Treatment Options and Prevention. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2006;4(1):151-7. PubMed PMID: 16441216.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Revision on tungiasis: treatment options and prevention. A1 - Heukelbach,Jorg, PY - 2006/1/31/pubmed PY - 2006/3/24/medline PY - 2006/1/31/entrez SP - 151 EP - 7 JF - Expert review of anti-infective therapy JO - Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther VL - 4 IS - 1 N2 - The parasitic skin disease tungiasis occurs in many resource-poor communities in Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. The sand flea, Tunga penetrans, most commonly penetrates into the skin of the feet. Many individuals harbor a large number of embedded parasites and show significant morbidity. Standard treatment consists of surgical extraction of the flea and application of a topical antibiotic. There are no drugs available with proven effectiveness. Clinical trials performed in the last few years did not show very promising results. Thus, surgical extraction still remains the treatment of choice in patients with a low parasite load, such as tourists returning from endemic areas. Probably the best approach to reduce tungiasis-associated morbidity in heavily affected individuals is the application of a repellent to prevent the penetration of sand fleas. In the future, we should see new exciting data on the biology, epidemiology, therapy and control of tungiasis. SN - 1744-8336 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16441216/Revision_on_tungiasis:_treatment_options_and_prevention_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -
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