In Myiasis the body undergoes a parasitic infestation of maggots that continue to grow inside the tissues and thrive on the nutrients from the blood. It usually affects the dead issues of the area and happens near the eyes, face, stomach and back. It can enter the body through the nose too. Symptoms pain, pimple or ulcer like eruption, redness with crawling sensation and noise are accompanied.
HOW IS MYIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of cutaneous myiasis is made primarily on the clinical appearance of the lesions, associated symptoms, and travel history. Dermoscopy and ultrasound may be helpful. Submerging the lesion under water may confirm the diagnosis – if the larva is alive, bubbling will occur. G. intestinalis larva can be diagnosed by massaging a thin layer of mineral oil over the red lesion. Under magnification, black transverse bands can be seen that represent spines on the larva's body segments.
HOW IS MYIASIS TREATED?
One of the common treatments used here is covering the area with a thick layer of petroleum jelly that blocks oxygen supply to the area and the maggots are forced to come out. The dermatologist may also use invasive procedures or do a micro-surgery to make sure that larvae comes out.
DID YOU KNOW?
Myiasis occurs in tropical and subtropical areas. These can include countries in Central America, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean Islands.