Skin Redness, Rashes, Dry Skin, Scaly Skin, and Common Everyday Skin Conditions Caused By Parasites - Do You Have One of These Common Skin Conditions?
Many people around the world suffer with skin conditions of some kind, whether it is mild such as dry skin, skin rashes, or scaly skin, or more serious skin conditions such as rosacea, scabies, or Tungiasis.
Every year, many people consult doctors to try to improve their skin conditions, but many doctors fail to inform people that parasites will live and burrow into skin, which causes a majority of these skin conditions.
All doctors must study microbiology and parasitology, but there seems to be some concern that if people knew about parasites causing health and skin problems, there would be panic. However, how can people truly overcome their health and skin problems, if they don't know what truly causes it? So today, I will teach you all about some of the parasites that cause common everyday skin conditions, as well as the more serious skin diseases that they cause.
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"Epidermal parasitic skin diseases (EPSD) are a heterogeneous category of infectious diseases in which parasite–host interactions are confined to the upper layer of the skin. The six major EPSD are scabies, pediculosis (capitis, corporis and pubis), tungiasis and hookworm-related cutaneous larva migrans" (Feldmeier, H., & Heukelbach, J. (2009). Epidermal parasitic skin diseases: a neglected category of poverty-associated plagues. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 87(2), 152–159. https://doi.org/10.2471/blt.07.047308).
|Image sources: SuSanA Secretariat. (2014). "Ascaris Lumbricoides (roundworm)". Flickr.|
|Image source: Wunderli, M. (2006). "Sarcoptes scabiei - Scabies". Flickr|
|Image source: Papaiakovou, M.L. (2015). "File:Hookworm larva.jpg". Wikimedia Commons.|
|Image source: Ukster1 at English Wikipedia. (2008). "File:Norwegian Scabies in Homeless AIDS Patient.jpg". Wikipedia|
8. Loiasis Filariasis can be seen moving under the skin and they cause red itchy swollen rashes.
11. Kissing bugs create a red swollen skin condition known as Chagas Disease.
"Transmission typically results from the introduction of fecal matter from infected Triatomines into the bloodstream. However, transmission may also occur via transplacental transfer, blood transfusions, organ transplantations, and food. While travel is responsible for most infestations, autochthonous cases have been reported in the Southern United States" (Ash, M.M., & Phillips, C.M. (2016). Parasitic Diseases With Cutaneous Manifestations. North Carolina Medical Journal, 77(5), 350-354. doi: 10.18043/ncm.77.5.350).
12. Demodex mites cause folliculitis, dermatitis, and even rosacea.
"Demodex mites asymptomatically inhabit the pilosebaceous units of most adults (80%–100%), but an increased mite density (>5 mites/cm2) may induce pityriasis folliculorum, pustular folliculitis, periorificial dermatitis, papulopustular rosacea, and papulopustular scalp eruptions" (Ash, M.M., & Phillips, C.M. (2016). Parasitic Diseases With Cutaneous Manifestations. North Carolina Medical Journal, 77(5), 350-354. doi: 10.18043/ncm.77.5.350).
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