fbpx

Cutanea Larva Migrans

Skin Conditions

Cutanea larva migrans is skin condition caused by infection with a parasitic worm. In the united states the most common organism causing this disease goes by the name of Ancylostoma braziliense – a species of hookworm.

Cutanea Larva Migrans

In order to reproduce this organism must infect a host by piercing the skin in its larval form. The adult form usually resides within the intestines of dogs and cats; humans are not the natural host of this parasite and as a result the worm does not reproduce or cause symptoms beyond an unpleasant rash. This is known as an “accidental host”.

Infection occurs when bare skin comes into contact with the larval worms which usually reside in sand or sandy soil that has been contaminated with the feces of an infected cat or dog. Soon afterwards a red scaly rash appears wherever the organism is or has been.

This rash is typically incredibly itchy and sometimes even painful with the appearance of blisters. This condition is not dangerous, but excessive itching can break the skin and lead to secondary infection with bacteria.

This kind of condition is known as a “creeping rash” as the lesion follows the trail of the worm through the skin which can move up to a little less than an inch per day. It is worth noting that the rash is not caused directly by the parasite itself but by our body’s reaction to it via the immune system.

However, such a robust immune response is actually a good thing as most cases of cutanea larva migrans will eventually resolve spontaneously.

However, this disease can take months to resolve on its own so most infected individuals seek medical attention before the infection disappears. Fortunately, treatment is very effective and will cure the rash within a week.

However, this disease can take months to resolve on its own so most infected individuals seek medical attention before the infection disappears. Fortunately, treatment is very effective and will cure the rash within a week.

If you or your child suffer from the symptoms of cutanea larva migrans make an appointment with your dermatologist for evaluation and treatment.

Related Posts

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Christian Jordan, M.D., PH.D.

Christian S. Jordan, MD, PH.D

Please choose the type of appointment:

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Elaine Woo-Gallagher, NP-C

Elaine Woo-Gallagher, NP-C

Please choose the type of appointment:

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Dr. Anand Bhupathy

Anand Bhupathy, MD

Please choose the type of appointment:

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Chloe Rayos, NP-C

Chloe Rayos, NP-C

Please choose the type of appointment:

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Kelly Akins, Esthetician

Please choose the type of appointment:

 

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Adriana Ortiz, Esthetician

Please choose the type of appointment:

 

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Lorena Zendejas, Esthetician

Please choose the type of appointment:

 

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Todd McCoy, NPC

Todd McCoy, NP-BC

Please choose the type of appointment:

Schedule AppointmentChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment with Mimi Vutran

Please choose the type of appointment:

 

RSVP for Cool Night OutFill in your info to RSVP for Cool Night Out

Request More Info About LatisseFill in your info to find out more about Latisse


Request a Hair Transplant Flash Sale ConsultationFill in your info and we will contact you to schedule your consultation.

Consultation Request for December SpecialsFill in your info and our experienced staff will call you to set up a consultation.


RSVP for Day of Beauty, Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2022Fill in your info and our experienced staff will contact you shortly.


Appointment Request for Our La Quinta Lasers SpecialsFill in your info and our experienced staff will call you to set up an appointment.


RSVP for Day of Beauty, Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2022Fill in your info and our experienced staff will contact you shortly.


 

Schedule an Appointment in Palm SpringsChoose a visit type to schedule an appointment in Palm Springs
 

Request to See Day of Beauty PricingFill in your info and you will be redirected to our pricing table.


Request a CoolSculpting Consultation Day AppointmentFill in your info and we will contact you to schedule your consultation.


Request a Patient Portal LinkFill in your info and tap send. We will send you a link to the patient portal via email and text message.


Consultation RequestFill in your info and our experienced staff will call you to set up a consultation.


Sign UpTo receive our up to date information and deals


[gravityform id="8" name="Contact Form" description="false"]

Appointment RequestFill in your info and our experienced staff will call you to set up an appointment.


Career Center Contact FormFill in your info and our team will contact you.

 

Privacy Preferences
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.