Myiasis is a result of larvae infestation that causes skin infections. Essentially, it can be characterized into two kinds- wound myiasis and furuncular myiasis. This infection is common in tropical countries, causing lesions on the scalp, arms, legs and face. These lesions are boils that can cause extreme pain and discomfort, inflammation of the glands and fever. Some patients also feel a slight movement under the skin. Treatment for Myiasis is generally non-invasive, in which heavy oil, petroleum jelly, beeswax or bacon strips are used to suffocate and larvae so that it emerges out of the skin. Surgical procedures are also done.
HOW IS MYIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Two types of flies that are responsible for this skin infestation are the human botfly and the tumbu fly.