Close  

Painful foot infection plagues girl who walked barefoot on pigsty

By: - Reporter / @KHallareINQ
/ 04:47 PM April 03, 2019

INQUIRER.net stock photo

A 10-year-old girl vacationing in rural Brazil caught a foot infection after she walked through a pigsty barefooted.

The unidentified girl was said to have suffered a “10-day history of papules” — most often called skin lesions — on the soles of her feet and toes, as described and shown in a case study by the New England Journal of Medicine, released last March 28.

ADVERTISEMENT

The lesions were described to bear black dots in the center and were painful. It was also found that sand fleas were removed from multiple lesions.

The girl’s case was found to be an infection called Tungiasis, caused by a sand flea called Tunga penetrans. Such fleas are found in tropical and subtropical parts of the world, mostly in Central and South American countries.

As per the World Health Organization, the sand flea burrows into the skin, mostly in the soles, heel and toes of the foot.  As the fleas grow, itching and inflammation will occur. The lesions will then be infected with bacteria, causing abscesses to form.

The journal added that such case needs treatment which includes flea removal and local wound care. JB

RELATED STORIES: 

Indian teen dies after tapeworm cysts found in his brain

Doctors remove pebbles, bottle caps and coins from man’s stomach in rare case

ADVERTISEMENT
TOPICS: Brazil, feet, lesions, New England Journal of Medicine, Tungiasis, World Health Organization
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.